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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH RESEND v4] arm: remove !CPU_V6 and !GENERIC_ATOMIC64 build dependencies for XEN

On Tue, Dec 22, 2015 at 03:45:19PM +0000, Stefano Stabellini wrote:
> The code builds, but of course it could not actually run on CPU_V6. But
> the use case for me is building drivers/xen/grant-table.c, which can
> only run on CPU_V7 anyway, so it is not a problem.

What I'm concerned about in this case is if you try to use instructions
which are not supported by the CPU, even in assembly, the assembler
will barf.

So, if we're building an ARMv6 + ARMv7 kernel, and you try to use
LDREXB in generic code, even though you may intend it to only be
executed on ARMv7, the assembler will error out.

We used to be able to work around that by passing -Wa,-march=armv7
to the compiler for specific files, which would then tell the assembler
to accept ARMv7 instructions, but modern GCC output .arch pseudo-ops
which override the command line.  So now the only way to do it is to
override the assemblers selected archtecture using .arch pseudo-ops
in the assembly code.

So, what I'm saying is that dropping the !ARMv6 dependency is not as
simple as it would seem, and I'm nervous about including any such
patches this close to Christmas and the merge window.

I've recently been through a run of "apply this patch, no it's wrong,
drop it, apply the next version, no it's still wrong, drop it again."
So, today is the last day I'm accepting _known_ good patches into my
tree for the 4.5 merge window.  This is not yet a known good patch
because it hasn't been through several iterations of testing - and I
don't want to be adding and removing patches from my tree over

I'd rather leave my tree in a known good state before Christmas so
that those who want to fiddle with the kernel over the holiday break
can do so without having the hassle of trees containing partially
tested patches.

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