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SubjectRe: memcpy(a,b,CONST) is not inlined by gcc 3.4.1 in Linux kernel
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On Wednesday 30 March 2005 05:27, Gerold Jury wrote:
>
> >> On Tue, Mar 29, 2005 at 05:37:06PM +0300, Denis Vlasenko wrote:
> >> > /*
> >> > * This looks horribly ugly, but the compiler can optimize it totally,
> >> > * as the count is constant.
> >> > */
> >> > static inline void * __constant_memcpy(void * to, const void * from,
> >> > size_t n) {
> >> > if (n <= 128)
> >> > return __builtin_memcpy(to, from, n);
> >>
> >> The problem is that in GCC < 4.0 there is no constant propagation
> >> pass before expanding builtin functions, so the __builtin_memcpy
> >> call above sees a variable rather than a constant.
> >
> >or change "size_t n" to "const size_t n" will also fix the issue.
> >As we do some (well very little and with inlining and const values)
> >const progation before 4.0.0 on the trees before expanding the builtin.
> >
> >-- Pinski
> >-
> I used the following "const size_t n" change on x86_64
> and it reduced the memcpy count from 1088 to 609 with my setup and gcc 3.4.3.
> (kernel 2.6.12-rc1, running now)

What do you mean, 'reduced'?

(/me is checking....)

Oh shit... It still emits half of memcpys, to be exact - for
struct copies:

arch/i386/kernel/process.c:

int copy_thread(int nr, unsigned long clone_flags, unsigned long esp,
unsigned long unused,
struct task_struct * p, struct pt_regs * regs)
{
struct pt_regs * childregs;
struct task_struct *tsk;
int err;

childregs = ((struct pt_regs *) (THREAD_SIZE + (unsigned long) p->thread_info)) - 1;
*childregs = *regs;
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
childregs->eax = 0;
childregs->esp = esp;

# make arch/i386/kernel/process.s

copy_thread:
pushl %ebp
movl %esp, %ebp
pushl %edi
pushl %esi
pushl %ebx
subl $20, %esp
movl 24(%ebp), %eax
movl 4(%eax), %esi
pushl $60
leal 8132(%esi), %ebx
pushl 28(%ebp)
pushl %ebx
call memcpy <=================
movl $0, 24(%ebx)
movl 16(%ebp), %eax
movl %eax, 52(%ebx)
movl 24(%ebp), %edx
addl $8192, %esi
movl %ebx, 516(%edx)
movl %esi, -32(%ebp)
movl %esi, 504(%edx)
movl $ret_from_fork, 512(%edx)

Jakub, is there a way to instruct gcc to inine this copy, or better yet,
to use user-supplied inline version of memcpy?
--
vda

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