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SubjectRe: TSCs are a no-no on i386
On Wed, 2003-07-30 20:10:06 +0200, Adrian Bunk <>
wrote in message <>:
> On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 03:56:23PM +0200, Jan-Benedict Glaw wrote:
> >...
> > Please apply. Worst to say, even Debian seems to start using i486+
> > features (ie. libstdc++5 is SIGILLed on Am386 because there's no
> > "lock" insn available)...
> Shouldn't the 486 emulation in the latest 386 kernel images in Debian
> unstable take care of this?

Specifically patched kernel? Sounds lame to me...

Generic solution would be to have a generic implementation, IMHO.
Up to now, I've nowhere found some hard facts that the new opcodes do
measureable speed up things. Sure, saving some hundreds/thousands/...
CPU cycles is nice - but not, if that's only 0.1% of the whole number of
CPU cycles burned in a run. That doesn't, IMHO, really legitimate do
unsupport the i386.


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