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Subject[Q x86-64] on kernel_eflags
While were looking into ret_from_fork code I somehow wondered
about the global kernel_eflags variable here.

arch/x86/cpu/common.c
---------------------
unsigned long kernel_eflags;
void __cpuinit cpu_init(void)
{
...
raw_local_save_flags(kernel_eflags);
}
arch/x86/kernel/entry_64.S
--------------------------
ENTRY(ret_from_fork)
DEFAULT_FRAME
LOCK ; btr $TIF_FORK,TI_flags(%r8)
pushq_cfi kernel_eflags(%rip)
popfq_cfi # reset kernel eflags
Every call to cpu_init renew global kernel_eflags
and every task switching does use this variable in a
sake of cleaning carry bit of flags register as far as
I can tell.

Should not every cpu has own copy of kernel_eflags? Just
to be consistent in style? Or this would be space waisting
and an optimization is done here?

Cyrill


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