PowerPC paxtest results w/ gcc-4.1

Paul Mackerras paulus at samba.org
Tue Aug 15 13:59:05 EST 2006

Matt Sealey writes:

> Book I compatible PowerPC's have had a "no-executable" bit in
> the page protection flags since the dark ages.. see page 7-38
> and 7-39 of the 'Programming Environments Manual for 32-Bit
> Microprocessors'.. this document predates even the G3.

What are you referring to?  I have a copy of the PEM from pre-G3 days,
and a copy that I downloaded just now, and neither of them have an N
bit in the PTE (and yes I just looked carefully through pages 7-38 and

There is an N bit in the segment register format, and that's what
Albert is using.

> As far as the documentation goes, you can make the page
> readable and writable to the LSU, but the N bit causes the
> instruction fetch to cause a machine check. That's pretty
> "not-executable" to me at least :)

A machine check is nasty, because it may not be recoverable...


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