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    SubjectRe: Preventing gcc from aligning stack???
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    Jeff Garzik <jgarzik@mandrakesoft.com> said:
    > Is this really necessary in modern gcc versions, such as 2.95 and
    > thereafter?
    >
    > Snip 2.3.x arch/i386/Makefile:
    >
    > # prevent gcc from keeping the stack 16 byte aligned
    > CFLAGS += $(shell if $(CC) -mpreferred-stack-boundary=2 -S -o /dev/null
    > -xc /dev/null >/dev/null 2>&1; then echo "-mpreferred-stack-boundary=2";
    > fi)

    Yes it is. New gcc's (try to) keep the stack aligned at 16 bytes. The
    kernel stack is 8Kb on ia32; the 16byte alignment is mostly for floating
    point performance on Pentium and up, and floating point is forbidden in the
    kernel anyway. So this is a sizeable savings for negligible performance
    impact.

    My question in this vein would be the -fno-strength-reduce. The gcc bug
    that placed this in the kernel was in gcc-2.7.2, and was worked around in
    2.7.2.3 by just making this option unconditional. Both 2.2.15pre4 and
    2.3.41pre2 at least demand gcc-2.7.2.3 as minimal version.
    --
    Horst von Brand vonbrand@sleipnir.valparaiso.cl
    Casilla 9G, Viña del Mar, Chile +56 32 672616


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