Probing for native availability of isel from userspace

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at
Mon Sep 24 19:41:55 EST 2012

On Mon, 2012-09-24 at 10:06 +0200, Gabriel Paubert wrote:
> > Which we do. mfpvr is available as a fallback (essentially because if we
> > don't do it somebody's going to parse /proc/cpuinfo which is arguably
> > worse :-)
> Fine. But I believe that mfpvr emulation came first, which is the point
> I object to (see the mess that the fact that CPUID is available to 
> applications made to x86 when SSE registers were added).

Heh, possibly, I don't remember... I added the cputable, I think we
added mfpvr because we didn't have anything, then I added cputable which
got us the HW caps, but some old stuff still relied on mfpvr so we
couldn't completely remove it.

> Bottom line, the mappin between PVR and capabilities offered to 
> applications should happen in one place, and this place is the kernel. 

Yes, we all agree here.
> > 
> > We should definitely advertise the availability of isel.
> Agreed. 

If somebody has 5mn, patch welcome :-)


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