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Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2020 11:22:34 -0500
From: Rich Felker <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] math: move more x86-family lrint functions to C

On Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 11:07:01AM -0500, Rich Felker wrote:
> On Sat, Jan 11, 2020 at 06:23:54PM +0300, Alexander Monakov wrote:
> > ---
> > It was news to me that GCC inline asm conventions allow to specify
> > effect on x87 register stack. Here a clobber tells the compiler
> > that the asm pops the topmost element off the stack.
> Is this documented/reliable/supported by other compilers (clang, pcc,
> old gcc)? It looks very nice and I hope we can do it; otherwise it
> looks like a gratuitous instruction would be needed. But I want to
> make sure it's safe.

OK, I see it documented at the end of the page here: under
x86 Floating-Point asm Operands. So if other compilers don't honor
this they're not implementing it as documented.

I noticed also there (bullet point 5) that, if inline asm pushes
anything to x87 stack, it needs appropriate clobbers so the compiler
can ensure the stack is not full on entry. This would be easy to miss
because the stack will be empty in standalone functions, and it would
only come up if they get inlined via LTO.


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