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SubjectRe: Using %cr2 to reference "current"
Alan Cox wrote:

> Im not sure how much the code change for function call patterns would be
> but I doubt its so big for such little effort

Let numbers talk to us, or allow me to quote the georieously politically
incorrect Dave: "Numbers talk - billshit walks!":

Without register passing, we have the following size situation:

text data bss dec hex filename
1332132 260804 288080 1881016 1cb3b8 vmlinux

With the following options enabled we get:
-freg-struct-return -mrtd -mregparm=3

text data bss dec hex filename
1302372 260804 288080 1851256 1c3f78 vmlinux

Quite significant difference if you ask me!!!

With the following options enabled we get:
-mrtd -mregparm=3

text data bss dec hex filename
1302404 260804 288080 1851288 1c3f98 vmlinux

Here it's just a few bytes here and there not really
significant, becouse the kernel apparently doesn't
use structs as return values frequently.

With the following options enabled we get:
-mregparm=3

text data bss dec hex filename
1303476 260804 288080 1852360 1c43c8 vmlinux

So apparently the -mrtd options is quite significant as well.

With the following options enabled we get:
-mregparm=2

text data bss dec hex filename
1307876 260804 288080 1856760 1c54f8 vmlinux

As expected the influence here isn't too significant.

So the conclusion is that apparetly the change in calling convention can
result
in a saving of about 2.3% in code size. This may not sound grat in
relative
numbers, but for a compiler designer this would already sound hilarious
and in
absolute numbers it's: 29760 bytes. Not withstanding the speed
improvement...

Oh for compleatness sake, the compiler used was:
gcc version 2.96 20000731 (Red Hat Linux 7.1 2.96-99)
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