[POWERPC] mark BUG() as noreturn

Michael Ellerman michael at ellerman.id.au
Fri Sep 22 10:54:05 EST 2006

On Thu, 2006-09-21 at 08:18 -0400, Jimi Xenidis wrote:
> On Sep 21, 2006, at 12:55 AM, Stephen Rothwell wrote:
> > From an idea from Michael Ellerman.
> >
> > We finish the BUG() macro with a call to a function marked with  
> > attribute
> > "noreturn" so that the compiler will know that BUG() and BUG_ON()
> > (with a constant, non-zero argument) will not return.
> But BUG() _can_ return, if I have a probe, xmon or kgdb configured it  
> is possible  to play with the state of the world and try to continue/ 
> recover, (xmon "x" command).  IMHO, this is a powerful debugging  
> scenario.

Hmm, ok I hadn't thought of that. Personally I've never tried to recover
from a BUG(), do people really do that much?

> Why are we concerned with the performance of this anyway?

Not so much the performance, more that it gives the compiler more
information about what's happening and allows it to elide code in some
circumstances - but it's not _that_ important.

Having it configurable might be an option, dunno.


Michael Ellerman
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