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    No, it removes most of such cases. It happens only for a general boolean
    controlling expression, and this is the only spot as far as we tested. But
    our argument is that the checking code is not required because
    thread.i387.fxsave is __attribute__ ((aligned (16))). If __attribute__
    ((aligned (...))) is broken, we should see more problems.

    Thanks,
    Jun

    -----Original Message-----
    From: Andi Kleen [mailto:ak@suse.de]
    Sent: Friday, October 18, 2002 5:25 PM
    To: David S. Miller
    Cc: ak@suse.de; jun.nakajima@intel.com; torvalds@transmeta.com;
    linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; asit.k.mallick@intel.com;
    sunil.saxena@intel.com
    Subject: Re: [PATCH] fixes for building kernel using Intel compiler


    On Fri, Oct 18, 2002 at 05:15:04PM -0700, David S. Miller wrote:
    > From: Andi Kleen <ak@suse.de>
    > Date: 19 Oct 2002 02:07:41 +0200
    >
    > > -/* Enable FXSR and company _before_ testing for FP problems. */
    > > - /*
    > > - * Verify that the FXSAVE/FXRSTOR data will be 16-byte
    aligned.
    > > - */
    > > - if (offsetof(struct task_struct, thread.i387.fxsave) & 15) {
    > > - extern void __buggy_fxsr_alignment(void);
    > > - __buggy_fxsr_alignment();
    > > - }
    >
    > Why does that not work? IMHO it is legal ISO-C
    >
    > Depending upon the compiler to optimize away the non-existent function
    > reference is not ISO-C :-) Although the fact the Intel compiler isn't
    > doing this is amusing.

    True :-)

    Well it should. There are tons of similar patterns all over the kernel
    which use the same trick.
    If it didn't optimize all of these, there would be many more problems.

    -Andi
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