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Date:	Mon, 11 Nov 2013 18:34:08 -0800
From:	Stephen Boyd <>
To:	Nicolas Pitre <>
	Jean-Christophe PLAGNIOL-VILLARD <>,
	Christopher Covington <>,
	Russell King - ARM Linux <>,
	Måns Rullgård <>,
	Rob Herring <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] ARM: Use udiv/sdiv for __aeabi_{u}idiv library functions

On 11/09/13 21:03, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> Bah..... NAK. We are doing runtime patching of the kernel for many
> many things already. So why not do the same here?

static keys are a form of runtime patching, albeit not as extreme as
you're suggesting.

> The obvious strategy is to simply overwrite the start of the existing 
> __aeabi_idiv code with the "sdiv r0, r0, r1" and "bx lr" opcodes.  
> Similarly for the unsigned case.

I was thinking the same thing when I wrote this, but I didn't know how
to tell the compiler to either inline this function or to let me inilne
an assembly stub with some section magic.

> That let you test the hardware capability only once during boot instead 
> of everytime a divide operation is performed.

The test for hardware capability really isn't done more than once during
boot. The assembly is like so at compile time

00000000 <__aeabi_idiv>:
   0:   nop     {0}
   4:   b       0 <___aeabi_idiv>
   8:   sdiv    r0, r0, r1
   c:   bx      lr

and after we test and find support for the instruction it will be
replaced with

00000000 <__aeabi_idiv>:
   0:   b       8
   4:   b       0 <___aeabi_idiv>
   8:   sdiv    r0, r0, r1
   c:   bx      lr

Unfortunately we still have to jump to this function. It would be great
if we could inline this function at the call site but as I already said
I don't know how to do that.

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