Help booting MBX through bootd

Marcus Sundberg erammsu at
Mon Jun 14 20:57:11 EST 1999

Heinz Blaettner wrote:
> On 11-Jun-99 Wolfgang Denk wrote:
> >> The fact that the cache magic in sysdeps/powerpc/memset.S in glibc
> >> will make the dynamic linker crash in it's early startup phase is
> >> quite a big problem... ;)
> >> Also sysdeps/powerpc/dl-machine.c makes an assumption about the cache
> >> line size, but that seems to be less fatal.
> >
> > Grrrghh... I see.
> Maybe a thumb question ?

Not a dumb question at all, what's dumb is the person who hardcoded
cache line sizes into userland code without even a comment...

> How does the wrong cache line size makes that the code corrupts ???
> I will belive that the execution speed might not be optimal ?

Glibc optimizes memset-to-zero using the dcbz instruction. Now when
you shrink the cache line size to half (as is the case with MPC860)
every other cache line will not be cleared, resulting in bad things

As for the dl-machine.c the dcbst instruction is used in a loop to
ensure consistency after relocating (==copying) code. Here however
the dependency on cache line size == 32 was at least documented...

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