powerpc/e500: binutils tests [Was: RFC: x86: kill binutils 2.16.x?]

Kyle Moffett kyle at moffetthome.net
Wed Mar 9 16:22:11 EST 2011

On Tue, Mar 8, 2011 at 23:39, Segher Boessenkool
<segher at kernel.crashing.org> wrote:
>> The problem is not with the kernel compile itself, but with the 2.12
>> "dssall" binutils test.  Basically, recent binutils treats e500 as
>> effectively a separate architecture that happens to share *most* of
>> the opcodes with regular PowerPC.  Any opcode which is not understood
>> by the e500 chip is either convert to an equivalent opcode which is
>> understood (IE: lwsync => sync), or failed with an error.  This means
>> that the kernel compile aborts early telling me to upgrade to a newer
>> version of binutils.
> $ echo dssall | powerpc-linux-as -many -me500
> $ powerpc-linux-objdump -d a.out | grep 0:
>   0:   7e 00 06 6c     dssall
> $ powerpc-linux-as --version | head -1
> GNU assembler (GNU Binutils)
> What version of binutils does not work?  (I also checked with
> -me500x2, -me500mc, -mspe, and various combinations.  lwsync
> is indeed converted to a regular sync (well, "msync") for e500
> and e500x2).

Hmm, something's fishy here.

Just going based on this changeset, the floating point and AltiVec
opcodes are *supposed* to generate hard errors:

Oh... that patch only disables the opcodes if "-many" is not specified.

Aha! The native compiler on my Debian e500 boxes right now is hidden
behind a small wrapper script which removes "-many" and "-Wa,-many"
and generates errors for anything else that isn't "-me500".  My GCC
also excludes the "-many" option when calling the linker directly.

So I think this is only a "local" problem right now, actually, sorry
for the noise and confusion.  If I log into that system and run "echo
dssall | as", I get the expected hard error, and due to the wrapper
scripts in place I get the same error from "echo dssall | as -me500x2

Unfortunately I still need to have the assembler generate hard errors
when someone tries to natively compile code with AltiVec or
classic-FPU instructions, otherwise I have no way of detecting
unported software at build-time.

Would a patch to make the Altivec "dssall" test conditional on
CONFIG_ALTIVEC be acceptable?  That really is the only test that
causes the kernel compile to fail with the strict wrappers.

Kyle Moffett

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