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    SubjectRe: [BK+PATCH] remove __constant_memcpy
    On Thu, Apr 17, 2003 at 09:07:45AM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
    > On 17 Apr 2003, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
    > >
    > > it can do that ANYWAY for all kinds of things.
    > > We really should ask the gcc folks to add a
    > > -fdontyoudareusefloatingpoint flag (well different name probably)
    > Well, _most_ architectures actually have that flag already. It's not
    > called -fdontyoudareusefloatingpoint on any of them, though ;)
    > It's most commonly called "-mno-fpu", but sh calls it "-mno-implicit-fp",
    > and alpha calls it "-mno-fp-regs".
    > On x86, gcc doesn't have such an option, although "-mno-sse" and
    > "-mno-sse2" probably come closest (and we should probably use them, but
    > since older gcc's don't know about it and it hasn't been an issue yet we
    > haven't).

    gcc on x86 definitely wants a -fdontyoudareusefloatingpoint... The
    following snippet from the -msoft-float docs isn't encouraging:

    On machines where a function returns floating point results in the
    80387 register stack, some floating point opcodes may be emitted
    even if `-msoft-float' is used.
    [yes, I realize it's an ABI constraint in this case, but IMO it's also
    indicative in general of the difficulty in getting gcc to _never_
    generate fp opcodes on x86, now or in the future]

    Anyway, if you wanna play it safe WRT gcc future, the following
    patch works.

    -mno-3dnow is probably over-paranoia, because (IIRC) it doesn't contain
    any integer instructions, but maybe I'm wrong. It can't hurt... :)

    ===== arch/i386/Makefile 1.49 vs edited =====
    --- 1.49/arch/i386/Makefile Thu Apr 3 14:24:40 2003
    +++ edited/arch/i386/Makefile Thu Apr 17 14:55:34 2003
    @@ -27,6 +27,9 @@
    # prevent gcc from keeping the stack 16 byte aligned
    CFLAGS += $(call check_gcc,-mpreferred-stack-boundary=2,)

    +# force gcc to always use general registers (only)
    +CFLAGS += $(call check_gcc,-mno-mmx -mno-sse -mno-sse2 -mno-3dnow,)
    align := $(subst -functions=0,,$(call check_gcc,-falign-functions=0,-malign-functions=0))

    cflags-$(CONFIG_M386) += -march=i386
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