This is one of the bugs, among others, we have fixed.
I'm not sure, if Ralf have integrated the patches we send him yet.
Louis Hamilton wrote:
> We have a customer here testing a 2.4.16 mips kernel on an embedded
> Linux RM7000/SR71000 based system who has written a test that they
> believe has uncovered a bug in Linux. The FPU control register appears
> to not get saved and restored. I've reproduced the problem described
> below and find the results consistent with their description. The
> problem occurs on both the RM7000 and SR71000 cpus.
> It looks like save_fp_context and restore_fp_context are not being
> called since the kernel save-restore logic thinks the process is not
> using floating point math. If you do some fp math before calling the
> test routine below, it seems to works fine.
> Is this a known caveat? A true bug? Or a contorted corner case
> unlikely to be seen under typical end-user usage (see customer's
> last paragraph :-) ? If true bug, recommended remedy?
> Louis Hamilton
> ------ customer reports the following: ---------
> We found a bug in Linux. A ^C (control-C) typed into a shell (or a
> running program, it doesn't matter), causes the FCR (floating-point
> control register) to be corrupted in another, unrelated process. This
> is repeatable behavior.
> This can be reproduced with the following short assembly language
> program that loops forever, waiting for the FCR to change.
> .align 2
> .globl mips_float_debug_loop
> li $9, 0xF000F02F
> ctc1 $9, $31 # set FCR to some non-zero value
> 1: cfc1 $8, $31 # get FCR
> beq $8, $9, 1b # spin, waiting for FCR to change
> or $2, $0, $8
> jr $31
> You can call this function from a short C program and the return value
> is the (corrupted) FCR, which turns out to alwyas be: 0x00000002.
> Run the above loop in one window (connected to the board using telnet)
> and then in another window (connected to the same board) type ^C.
> I'm surprised this bug hasn't been encountered by other MIPS vendors.
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