Re: [Linux-ia64] Missing EXPORT_SYMBOL memset

From: Keith Owens <>
Date: 2002-04-13 11:55:13
On Sat, 13 Apr 2002 03:38:40 +0200, 
Andreas Schwab <> wrote:
>Keith Owens <> writes:
>|> On Fri, 12 Apr 2002 17:05:37 +0200, 
>|> Andreas Schwab <> wrote:
>|> >GCC 3 may generate calls to memset, so we need to export it to modules.
>|> If gcc does that the code does not use the arch tuned memset.  Also the
>|> memset function is only generated if __HAVE_ARCH_MEMSET is undefined,
>|> but include/asm-ia64/string.h defines __HAVE_ARCH_MEMSET.  We would be
>|> better off teaching gcc not to generate calls to memset where we do not
>|> want them so the kernel gets the code that we want, not what gcc thinks
>|> might be a good idea.
>There is no way for gcc to see the memset macro when it generates the call
>to the memset function.  And there isn't much lost anyway, since the macro
>is just there to call __bzero vs. __memset_generic (aka memset), the
>difference is just one parameter more or less.

I know about the "gcc decides to insert memset after cpp phase"
problem.  When it occurred in the past (it used to happen with gcc 2.7
in 2.[02] kernels) the response was always to change the source code to
prevent gcc making this wrong decision.  Adding and exporting a memset
function in the kernel is wrong, we need to fix gcc or change the
source code.
Received on Fri Apr 12 18:55:33 2002

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