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SubjectRe: [Q] Looking for an emulation for CMOV* instructions.
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Followup to:  <p737kqpp60w.fsf@oldwotan.suse.de>
By author: Andi Kleen <ak@suse.de>
In newsgroup: linux.dev.kernel
>
> One corner case where emulation would IMHO make sense would be CMPXCHG8.
> It would allow to do efficient inline mutexes in pthreads, and hit the
> emulation only on 386/486. cpu feature flag checking is unfortunately
> not an option normally for inline code.
>

You don't need CMPXCHG8B to do efficient inline mutexes. In fact, the
pthreads code for i386 uses the same mutexes the kernel does (LOCK INC
based, I believe), complete with section hacking to make them
efficiently inlinable -- and then they're put inside a function call.
I believe "kill me now" is an appropriate response.

-hpa

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