586 vs 686
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Fri Feb 20 08:56:41 UTC 2009
Jakub Jelinek wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 20, 2009 at 07:44:57AM +0100, Ralf Corsepius wrote:
>> Kevin Kofler wrote:
>>> Jesse Keating wrote:
>>>> No, they're being made to be able to produce those for those reasons.
>>>> It is yet to be seen if it will be successful, and using the x86_64
>>>> kernel on i586 installs hinges upon this functionality so I recall.
>>> AFAIK, Debian has been shipping i386 GCC with -m64 support for ages. The
>>> drawback is that it's slower even when not using -m64 because some internal
>>> types (HOST_WIDE_INT and related stuff) are larger.
>> Not true. -m64/-32 cause gcc to switch between multilibs, when using a
>> multilibbed setup. Unless something is broken somewhere, the internal
>> types, library search paths etc. will be set up correctly.
> This is actually true, not false. If you support both -m32 and -m64,
> you need 64-bit HOST_WIDE_INT, while i?86-linux configured gcc normally uses 32-bit
== bug :)
> On the extremely register starved i?86 using 64-bit
> HOST_WIDE_INT obviously slows things down (and increases compiler memory
> What I'm probably going to do is just some hack in the gcc driver, if -m64
> is passed, switch to a different cc1 backend, maybe even driver (similarly
> to how -V or -b switches work) and use a i586-redhat-linux ->
> x86_64-redhat-linux cross-compiler in that case.
> But before doing that, we'll need either a x86_64 cross binutils or i?86
> binutils supporting both i?86 and x86_64 in rawhide.
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