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Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2020 18:09:57 -0800
From: Andre McCurdy <>
Subject: Re: arm __a_barrier_v6 register value should be zero?

On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 8:18 PM Rich Felker <> wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 05:30:53PM -0800, Andre McCurdy wrote:
> > The arm1176jzfs documentation describing the armv6 CP15 Data Memory
> > Barrier operation seems to specify the register value written to the
> > coprocessor as "SBZ" ie Should Be Zero. See page 216 of:
> >
> >
> >
> > However the __a_barrier_v6() function which implements this in musl
> > uses r0 as the register written to the coprocessor and doesn't
> > initialise it. Should __a_barrier_v6() set r0 to 0 before issuing the
> > mcr instruction? Or is it defined somewhere that this register value
> > doesn't matter?
> __a_barrier_* have a contract not to clobber r0 -- see the calling
> code in arch/arm/atomic_arch.h:
> static inline void a_barrier()
> {
>         register uintptr_t ip __asm__("ip") = __a_barrier_ptr;
>         __asm__ __volatile__( BLX " ip" : "+r"(ip) : : "memory", "cc", "lr" );
> }
> We could probably switch to using ip as the register if needed.
> However looking at Linux kernel source, no effort is made to zero the
> register used (see arch/arm/include/asm/assembler.h for the definition
> of the smp_dmb macro) so I think it must not actually matter...
> Nice find, though. Let's see if we can get a better authoritative
> answer on it.

OK. Another question: what's the reason for testing that the 3rd char
of AT_PLATFORM isn't [0-9] in __set_thread_area()? Isn't just testing
that the first two chars are "v6" enough to confirm armv6?

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