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SubjectRe: Build regressions/improvements in v3.4-rc7
On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 4:46 PM, James Bottomley
<> wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-05-16 at 10:47 +0200, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
>> On Wed, May 16, 2012 at 10:30 AM, Geert Uytterhoeven
>> <> wrote:
>>   + lib/mpi/generic_mpih-mul1.c: error: inconsistent operand
>> constraints in an 'asm':  => 50:70
>>   + lib/mpi/generic_mpih-mul2.c: error: inconsistent operand
>> constraints in an 'asm':  => 49:70
>>   + lib/mpi/generic_mpih-mul3.c: error: inconsistent operand
>> constraints in an 'asm':  => 49:70
>>   + lib/mpi/mpih-div.c: error: inconsistent operand constraints in an
>> 'asm':  => 135:122, 135:371, 97:122, 106:121, 106:370, 97:371
>> parisc-allmodconfig
> Wow, lib/mpi/ is a complete horror: it's full of hand crafted asm code.
> The error in this case appears to be that umul_ppm() is implemented as
> an xmpyu instruction.  That's a floating point instruction.  We
> deliberately compile the kernel with floating point disabled because we
> don't want to save and restore the floating point register file on each
> context switch, hence the operand constraints are unsatisfiable.

It also does fishy things on m68k, cfr.

> It appears to be completely untested on non-x86 and to have been
> imported via the security tree ... what are we supposed to do with this?
> I thought the general principle was that asm code was really supposed to
> be confined to the arch directories?

Kick it out again, or contain it in staging?



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