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SubjectRE: [PATCH v5 20/22] powerpc/syscall: Avoid storing 'current' in another pointer
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From: Segher Boessenkool
> Sent: 09 February 2021 13:51
>
> On Tue, Feb 09, 2021 at 12:36:20PM +1000, Nicholas Piggin wrote:
> > What if you did this?
>
> > +static inline struct task_struct *get_current(void)
> > +{
> > + register struct task_struct *task asm ("r2");
> > +
> > + return task;
> > +}
>
> Local register asm variables are *only* guaranteed to live in that
> register as operands to an asm. See
> https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/Local-Register-Variables.html#Local-Register-Variables
> ("The only supported use" etc.)
>
> You can do something like
>
> static inline struct task_struct *get_current(void)
> {
> register struct task_struct *task asm ("r2");
>
> asm("" : "+r"(task));
>
> return task;
> }
>
> which makes sure that "task" actually is in r2 at the point of that asm.

If "r2" always contains current (and is never assigned by the compiler)
why not use a global register variable for it?

David

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