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SubjectRe: [RFC GIT PULL] softirq: Consolidation and stack overrun fix
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On Sun, 2013-09-22 at 10:47 -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 09/22/2013 09:24 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> >
> > As to the problem of GCC moving r13 about, some archs have some
> > exceptions in the register allocator and leave some registers alone.
> > IIRC MIPS has this and uses one of those (istr there's 2) for the
> > per cpu base address.
> >
>
> You can force gcc to leave a register alone with the command line option
> -ffixed-r13.

Haven't tried that in a while but iirc, from the discussions I had with
the gcc folks, it didn't work the way we wanted.

Basically, it still assumes that it's not going to change at random
points, I can't have something like

register volatile unsigned long pre_cpu_offset asm("r13")

It will barf on the "volatile" and if I don't have it, it will make
assumptions that r13 doesn't change, and thus might copy its value
in another cpu accross preempt_enable/disable.

I think I need another sessions with gcc folks on that one.

Cheers,
Ben.




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