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Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 00:06:56 +0000
From: Isaac Dunham <>
Subject: Re: What would make musl 1.2?

On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 11:09:55AM +0000, Justin Cormack wrote:
> mips n32 - this seems to have mostly bypassed linux and android alas,
> with only gentoo supporting it, despite the o32 ABI being horrible.
> But Musl users should be encouraged to use n32 if building form
> scratch...

I've looked repeatedly, but everything I found has seemed to imply
that n32 is like x32: a "32-bit" ABI that requires 64-bit hardware.
Is this incorrect?

> mips n64 - there is a bit of cheap hardware around (Cavium stuff), but
> fairly niche at present, although recent Android supports it and
> Imagination seems to be promoting it more. Maybe they could be
> persuaded to sponsor mips ports?

They came out with a new MIPS64 processor design recently (no hardware
is available yet), and the latest version of Android features MIPS64
support. IIRC, Alexandru Voica commented that it usually takes a little
under 2 years from design release to hardware on the market.

I'd like to use musl on mips64, though I'm just a hobbyist and I've
not yet found the cheap hardware to which you refer.

Isaac Dunham

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