Re: [PATCH 2/2] x86/asm: Fix inline asm call constraints for clang
From: Josh Poimboeuf
Date: Tue Sep 19 2017 - 21:18:29 EST
On Tue, Sep 19, 2017 at 01:45:28PM -0500, Josh Poimboeuf wrote:
> For inline asm statements which have a CALL instruction, we list the
> stack pointer as a constraint to convince GCC to ensure the frame
> pointer is set up first:
> static inline void foo()
> register void *__sp asm(_ASM_SP);
> asm("call bar" : "+r" (__sp))
> Unfortunately, that pattern causes clang to corrupt the stack pointer.
> There's actually an easier way to achieve the same goal in GCC, without
> causing trouble for clang. If we declare the stack pointer register
> variable as a global variable, and remove the constraint altogether,
> that convinces GCC to always set up the frame pointer before inserting
> *any* inline asm.
> It basically acts as if *every* inline asm statement has a CALL
> instruction. It's a bit overkill, but the performance impact should be
> Here are the vmlinux .text size differences with the following configs
> on GCC:
> - defconfig
> - defconfig without frame pointers
> - Fedora distro config
> - Fedora distro config without frame pointers
> defconfig defconfig-nofp distro distro-nofp
> before 9796300 9466764 9076191 8789745
> after 9796941 9462859 9076381 8785325
> With frame pointers, the text size increases slightly. Without frame
> pointers, the text size decreases, and a little more significantly.
> Reported-by: Matthias Kaehlcke <mka@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Josh Poimboeuf <jpoimboe@xxxxxxxxxx>
NAK - kbuild bot is reporting some cases where this patch doesn't force
the frame pointer setup.