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SubjectRe: [PATCH] arm64: relax assembly code alignment from 16 byte to 4 byte
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On 31/08/17 11:23, Lothar Waßmann wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On Thu, 31 Aug 2017 18:56:23 +0900 Masahiro Yamada wrote:
>> Aarch64 instructions must be word aligned. The current 16 byte
>> alignment is more than enough. Relax it into 4 byte alignment.
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada <yamada.masahiro@socionext.com>
>> ---
>>
>> I do not know why arm64 Linux requires 16 byte alignment.
>>
>> I dug git-history of arch/arm64/include/asm/linkage.h
>> and the only commit I see is:
>>
>> commit aeed41a9371ee02257b608eb06a9058507a7d0f4
>> Author: Marc Zyngier <Marc.Zyngier@arm.com>
>> Date: Fri Oct 19 17:33:27 2012 +0100
>>
>> arm64: fix alignment padding in assembly code
>>
>> It just opt out of the asm-generic variant to remove 0x90.
>> So, the amount of alignment might not be not optimized yet.
>>
>> Please correct me if I am missing something.
>>
>>
>> arch/arm64/include/asm/linkage.h | 4 ++--
>> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/arch/arm64/include/asm/linkage.h b/arch/arm64/include/asm/linkage.h
>> index 636c1bc..1b26629 100644
>> --- a/arch/arm64/include/asm/linkage.h
>> +++ b/arch/arm64/include/asm/linkage.h
>> @@ -1,7 +1,7 @@
>> #ifndef __ASM_LINKAGE_H
>> #define __ASM_LINKAGE_H
>>
>> -#define __ALIGN .align 4
>> -#define __ALIGN_STR ".align 4"
>> +#define __ALIGN .align 2
>> +#define __ALIGN_STR ".align 2"
>>
>> #endif
>>
> My math tells me, that 2 is one half of 4 but 4 is one fourth of 16, so
> this change doesn't line up with your commit message, or am I missing
> something?

2^4 = 16
2^2 = 4

The ARM behaviour of the .align directive is a bit funky...

Robin.

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