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Re: 64 bit operations w/32 bit kernel

To: "Maciej W. Rozycki" <>
Subject: Re: 64 bit operations w/32 bit kernel
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2003 20:47:55 +0200
Cc: "Finney, Steve" <Steve.Finney@SpirentCom.COM>,
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On Tue, Sep 30, 2003 at 08:04:42PM +0200, Maciej W. Rozycki wrote:

> > > What would be the downside to enabling 64 bit operations in user space
> > > on a 32 bit kernel (setting the PX bit in the status register?). The
> > > particular issue is that I want to access 64 bit-memory mapped registers,
> > > and I really need to do it as an atomic operation. I tried borrowing
> > > sibyte/64bit.h from the kernel, but I get an illegal instruction on the
> > > double ops.
> > 
> > Common design bug in hardware, imho ...
>  Well, ioremap() can be used to get at these areas (as well as any
> others), whether we call it a bug or not.

What I called a bug is the necessity to access hardware registers with
64-bit loads and stores in some systems as opposed to of 32-bit
instructions - that simply doesn't work from 32-bit universes.

To clarify, it was my understanding of Steve's problem he needs 64-bit
loads and stores, not something in the 64-bit physical address space.
The later problem obviously would get a different answer.


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