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Re: Once again: test_and_set for CPUs w/o LL/SC

To: Johannes Stezenbach <>
Subject: Re: Once again: test_and_set for CPUs w/o LL/SC
From: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2002 13:57:29 +0200 (MET DST)
Cc: "Kevin D. Kissell" <>,
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Organization: Technical University of Gdansk
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On Wed, 16 Oct 2002, Johannes Stezenbach wrote:

> The patch is only for the VR41XX. I'm not shure what other CPUs
> fall into the same category. If I read binutils/opcodes/mips-opc.c
> correctly, then the TX39XX, while not being ISA2, has beql.

 I think I have TX39XX docs somewhere -- I may check if that's true.

> Please tell me if the patch is acceptable.
> Possible options:
> - don't mess with tlbex-r4k.S
> - or unconditonally replace the 'nop's before 'eret's in tlbex-r4k.S with
>   'move k1,zero' plus a comment

 I'd go for that, so that VR41XX user binaries work fine on real MIPS II+
processors as well.  There is no performance nor space impact for
tlbex-r4k.S and for stackframe.h the single-instruction impact is not
critical, or I believe there is a single free slot in RESTORE_SOME that
may be reused (after a bit of restructuring to make sure
RESTORE_SP_AND_RET isn't used alone). 

> - drop the CONFIG_CPU_USERSPACE_LLSC_EMUL configuration option and
>   always clear k1 in RESTORE_SP_AND_RET for the VR41XX

 And this one as well.  There is no need for a separate config option --
lone comments in place should suffice.

 But you may ask Ralf before making further changes as he is the one to
decide if the patch goes in. 


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