On Feb 14, 2011, David Daney <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Current MIPS 32-bit ABIs (both o32 and n32) are restricted to 2GB of
> user virtual memory space. This is due the way MIPS32 memory space is
> segmented. Only the range from 0..2^31-1 is available. Pointer
> values are always sign extended.
> The proposed new ABI would only be available on MIPS64 platforms. It
> would be identical to the current MIPS n32 ABI *except* that pointers
> would be zero-extended rather than sign-extended when resident in
FTR, I don't really know why my Yeeloong is limited to 31-bit addresses,
and I kind of hoped an n32 userland would improve that WRT o32, without
wasting memory with longer pointers like n64 would.
So, sorry if this is a dumb question, but wouldn't it be much easier to
keep on using sign-extended addresses, and just make sure the kernel
never allocates a virtual memory range that crosses a sign-bit change,
or whatever other reason there is for addresses to be limited to the
positive 2GB range in n32?
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