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Re: newest kernel

To: Jun Sun <>
Subject: Re: newest kernel
From: Florian Lohoff <>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2001 14:33:30 +0200
Cc: Pete Popov <>, George Gensure <>,
In-reply-to: <>; from on Mon, May 21, 2001 at 04:23:52PM -0700
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On Mon, May 21, 2001 at 04:23:52PM -0700, Jun Sun wrote:
> The patch seems to be just a fast implementation of sysmips().  Why would it
> solve an otherwise illegal instruction problem?
> George, what was exactly the error and the faulty instruction?

Wrong - Its not only a "fast" path sysmips. It solves the illegal instruction
case as it carefully doesnt touch registers it should not touch.

The sysmips illegal instruction stuff came from the early exit
needed to skip the -EXXXX case in the scall32.S which did not
restore the modified registers. This needed fixing and there was
no clean way of doing this in C thus i wrote an asm sysmips/MIPS_ATOMIC_SET
and called it "fast_sysmips" which itself would go into the old
sysmips function when not MIPS_ATOMIC_SET.

Florian Lohoff                     +49-5201-669912
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