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Date:	Mon, 9 Nov 2009 12:46:18 -0800
From:	Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>
To:	Helge Deller <deller@....de>
Cc:	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, Anton Blanchard <anton@...ba.org>,
	Paul Mackerras <paulus@...ba.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Implement prctl(PR_GET_ENDIAN) for all architectures

On Thu, 22 Oct 2009 21:35:33 +0200
Helge Deller <deller@....de> wrote:

> The PR_GET_ENDIAN and PR_SET_ENDIAN prctl() calls have been implemented
> to allow to switch processes at runtime from big-endian to little-endian
> mode (and vice versa) on PowerPC processors. Since the other architectures
> don't support this feature, they currently will just fail and return -EINVAL.
> 
> This patch adds just minimal overhead and implements the PR_GET_ENDIAN
> call for all other architectures by returning the native endianess of
> the architecture. Furthermore, calling prctl(PR_SET_ENDIAN) with the
> native endianess of the architecture will succeed, while trying to
> set another (not-supported) endianess, will fail.
> 
> The patch can be tested with the following program:
> 
> #include <stdio.h>
> #include <linux/prctl.h>
> 
> int main(int argc, char **argv)
> {
> 	int endian, ret;
> 
> 	ret = prctl(PR_GET_ENDIAN, &endian);
> 	if (ret)
> 		perror("prctl(PR_GET_ENDIAN) not implemented");
> 	printf("current process/machine is running in %s endian mode (%d)\n",
> 		endian == PR_ENDIAN_LITTLE ? "little":"big", endian);
> 
> 	/* setting native endianess should succeed */
> 	ret = prctl(PR_SET_ENDIAN, endian);
> 	printf("prctl(PR_SET_ENDIAN,%d) should succeed: %s\n",
> 		endian, ret == 0 ? "OK":"FAIL");
> 
> 	/* setting foreign endianess should fail */
> 	endian = (endian == PR_ENDIAN_LITTLE) ?
> 		PR_ENDIAN_BIG : PR_ENDIAN_LITTLE;
> 	ret = prctl(PR_SET_ENDIAN, endian);
> 	printf("prctl(PR_SET_ENDIAN,%d) should fail: %s\n",
> 		endian, ret == 0 ? "OK":"FAIL");
> }
> 

The changelog forgot to provide any reason for making this change to
the kernel.

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