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Re: Can't build a CONFIG_CPU_NEVADA kernel

To: Ralf Baechle <>
Subject: Re: Can't build a CONFIG_CPU_NEVADA kernel
From: Daniel Jacobowitz <>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2001 13:02:08 -0500
In-reply-to: <>; from on Fri, Mar 16, 2001 at 03:04:23PM +0100
References: <> <> <> <> <00fc01c0acd3$c881ca80$0deca8c0@Ulysses> <>
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On Fri, Mar 16, 2001 at 03:04:23PM +0100, Ralf Baechle wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 14, 2001 at 11:11:47PM +0100, Kevin D. Kissell wrote:
> > > Don't think of the r8000; the kernel only uses the -mcpu=r8000 option
> > > because the Nevada CPUs have _somewhat_ similar scheduling properties
> > > to the R8000.  This of it as an independant ISA expension which can
> > > be used with an arbitrary MIPS processor - even a R3000 processor.
> > 
> > In the interests of historical accuracy and general pedantry,
> > let me point out that -mcpu=r8000 is in effect a rather klugy
> > way of saying "-mips4" to compilers that predate official
> > MIPS IV ISA support.  The R8000 was the first MIPS IV
> > CPU, followed by the R10000 and the R5000.  The "Nevada"
> > processors added three implementation specific instructions
> > to the MIPS IV ISA: MAD, MADU, and MUL (targeted multiply).
> > "Correct" usage would be to enable those three instructions
> > with a "-mcpu=nevada", or better still, "-mcpu=r5200" (for 
> > consistency), and to enable the rest of the MIPS IV ISA 
> > with "-mips4" instead of the archaic r8000 hack.
> Your historic facts may be right but the GCC fact aren't.  -mcpu=xxx tell
> GCC to schedule instructions for a certain processor xxx.  This does not
> enable the full use of it's instruction set.  Back in time when I choose
> these options I choose because GCC didn't know -mcpu=r5000 but the R8000
> was supported and it was the closest fit.  Gcc 1.1.2 knows this option
> so I just changed all instances of -mcpu=r8000 into -mcpu=r5000.

Are you saying that the -mcpu=r8000 options in linux/arch/mips/Makefile
for the nevada should be -mcpu=r5000 instead?

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