how to check for "optional" ppc chip features (MSR_BE)

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at
Mon May 5 07:45:49 EST 2008

On Thu, 2008-05-01 at 22:48 -0500, Kumar Gala wrote:
> Look at arch/powerpc/kernel/cputable.c to see how we handle issues  
> like this.

Oh and classic pitfall: If you define a new feature bit, make sure
CPU_FTRS_POSSIBLE is updated to contain it in cputable.h

Also, It may not be totally clear, but:

PPC_FEATURE_* are exposed to userspace via AT_HWCAP

CPU_FTR_* are kernel internal (and can be used for runtime patching of
assembly code).


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