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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 00/24] ILP32 for ARM64
On Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 11:51:54AM +0000, Pinski, Andrew wrote:
> > On Apr 14, 2015, at 4:15 AM, Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de> wrote:
> > On Tuesday 14 April 2015 10:45:43 Pinski, Andrew wrote:
> >>> On Apr 14, 2015, at 3:08 AM, Arnd Bergmann <arnd@arndb.de> wrote:
> >>> There are multiple ways of doing this:
> >>>
> >>> a) separate syscall table for arm64: as you say, this is the current approach,
> >>> and I'd like to avoid that too
> >>> b) add syscalls for ilp32 as additional numbers in the normal lp64 version of
> >>> asm-generic/unistd.h, and share the binary tables between ilp32 and lp64
> >>> on aarch64
> >>> c) change asm-generic/unistd.h to generate three possible tables: instead of
> >>> just native (lp64 or ilp32 depending on the arch), compat (support for
> >>> existing ilp32 binaries on some architectures, there would also be a
> >>> "modern" ilp32 variant that is a mix of the two, as your table today
> >>> d) don't use the asm-generic/unistd.h table for aarch64-ilp32 at all, but instead
> >>> reuse the table from arch/arm64/include/asm/unistd32.h
> >>>
> >>> I think you are referring to approach b) or c) above, but my preferred one
> >>> would actually be d).
> >>
> >> D is the worst of all 4 options in my mind. The reason is when a new syscall is
> >> added, then you have to update that file too.
> >
> > I don't know what the miscommunication is here, but the advantage of d is
> > specifically that it is /less/ work to maintain: With the current approach,
> > each new syscall that gets added needs to be checked to see if the normal
> > aarch64 version works or if it needs another wrapper, while with d) we
> > get the update for free, because we follow exactly what aarch32 is doing.
>
> More than that d won't work due to ucontext being different between
> aarch32 and aarch64.

This too, I forgot to mention it (unless we restrict ILP32 to only 15
registers, reduced FP bank; in summary, it won't work).

> Also this abi is about to be used in a product so any changes need to
> happen fast and need to thought out why making changes to it make
> senses.

This is not our problem really. It's been pretty quiet on the ILP32
front for the past 6 months or more and just because a product is going
to use it is not an argument to accept a long term ABI.

> Changing to use the aarch32 syscall #'s make less sense since this is
> not a legacy syscalls.

That I agree. I'm fine with 32-bit only data structures but I really
want to stick to the asm-generic/unistd.h syscalls for new ABIs.

--
Catalin


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