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Re: Decstation 5000/150 2.3.21 Boot successs

To: "Kevin D. Kissell" <>
Subject: Re: Decstation 5000/150 2.3.21 Boot successs
From: "William J. Earl" <>
Date: Thu, 6 Jan 2000 10:57:34 -0800 (PST)
Cc: "Florian Lohoff" <>, <>
In-reply-to: <000601bf5826$273af500$>
References: <000601bf5826$273af500$>
Kevin D. Kissell writes:
 > The default SGI/MIPS Linux kernel startup sets the
 > "FR" bit in the CP0.Status register, which enables
 > R4000-style FPU registers, which is to say a full
 > compliment of 32 double-precision registers.  This
 > has the side-effect of making the kernel incompatible
 > with the distributed mipsel binaries and the distributed
 > DECstation root file system, since those binaries which
 > do double-precision floating point load their initial values
 > from memory as two singles.  That works on an R3000
 > or an R4000-with-FR=0, but not on an R4000-with-FR=1.

     Note that the SVR4 MIPS ABI assumes FR=0 (R3000-compatible), as
do SGI IRIX "-32" ("O32") binaries (and, I believe, default gcc
binaries).  SGI IRIX "-n32" and "-n64" binaries assumes FR=1 (R4000-compatible),
and also have a somewhat different register calling convention (which
affects where arguments to system calls reside).

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