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SubjectRe: [PATCH] M386 flush_one_tlb invlpg
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On Wed, 2002-08-28 at 21:30, Hugh Dickins wrote:
> New patch below defines cpu_has_invlpg as (boot_cpu_data.x86 > 3).
> But I do feel safer with that original cpu_has_pge test, which was
> using a decent capability flag, and only changed behaviour of the
> CONFIG_M386 __flush_tlb_one when it's necessary.
>
> Isn't CONFIG_M386 about maximum safe applicability, rather than speed?
> Am I imagining it, or were there a few i386 + i486 SMP machines built?
> Or might there be some i486 clone which didn't really implement invlpg,
> which could be used with a CONFIG_M386 kernel before this change,
> but not after? But perhaps I'm just dreaming up excuses for my
> senselessness - your call.

To answer that

There are no SMP i386 boxes that support Intel MP 1.1
There are a few SMP 486 boxes using MP 1.1

The nx586 processor is a '586' class CPU that has neither wp nor invlpg
by default. I believe however that it reports family '3' if it has the
hypercode loaded which lacks invlpg

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