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RE: GCC 3.4.5 and mftc0

To: "'Ralf Baechle'" <>, "Mikael Starvik" <>
Subject: RE: GCC 3.4.5 and mftc0
From: "Mikael Starvik" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2007 07:45:27 +0100
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and sorry for the spelling of simulator.


-----Original Message-----
From: Ralf Baechle [] 
Sent: Friday, December 14, 2007 5:26 PM
To: Mikael Starvik
Subject: Re: GCC 3.4.5 and mftc0

On Fri, Dec 14, 2007 at 10:49:40AM +0100, Mikael Starvik wrote:

> mftc0() is implemented as
>  .word ...
>   move %0, $1
> With at least gcc 3.4.5 the move is implemented as an addu %0, $1, $0.
> But in the MIPS sumulator this fails and %0 gets the value 0xffffffff.
> Implementing this as a or %0, $1, $0 instead gives the expected result.

I wonder what "sumulator" you're using ...

Addu is a perfectly fine implementation of move for 32-bit code.  It's not
for 64-bit code but that's beside the point here.  The or method is also
correct but historically the add instruction has been prefered, also
because some processor - the R4300 afair - processes arithmetic instructions
(add, sub that is not mul / div) faster than logic operations.

> Any suggestions where the problem is and what the correct solution is?

Fix the sumulator.

> After fixing this my next problem is that IPIs doesn't reach all TCs
> correctly (it seams like the code doesn't detect IXMT status correctly,
> but I am still investigating). It is likely that it is caused by
> something similar to the problem above.

The code certainly works on real silicon, so the cause must be something
local to your environment.



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