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SubjectRe: BUG: GCC-4.4.x changes the function frame on some functions
On Thu, Nov 19, 2009 at 4:45 PM, H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:
> On 11/19/2009 07:37 AM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>> modified function start on a handful of functions only seen with gcc
>> 4.4.x on x86 32 bit:
>>       push   %edi
>>       lea    0x8(%esp),%edi
>>       and    $0xfffffff0,%esp
>>       pushl  -0x4(%edi)
>>       push   %ebp
>>       mov    %esp,%ebp
>>       ...
>>       call   mcount
> The real questions is why we're aligning the stack in the kernel.  It is
> probably not what we want -- we don't use SSE for anything but a handful
> of special cases in the kernel, and we don't want the overhead.

It's likely because you have long long vars on the stack which is
faster when they are aligned. -mno-stackrealign may do what you
want (or may not, I have not checked). I assume you already
use -mpreferred-stack-boundary=2.

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