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Date: Fri, 7 Aug 2020 12:46:00 +0200
From: Szabolcs Nagy <>
To: "Gamble, Bradley" <>
Cc: "" <>
Subject: Re: Support for PowerPC64 devices lacking AltiVec extentions

* Gamble, Bradley <> [2020-08-07 10:15:38 +0000]:
> I was initially encountering exceptions with longjmp()/setjmp() due to the use of lvx/stvx instructions to store and restore vector registers. These vector registers are AltiVec-specific and are not required for devices that do not have the AltiVec extentions, so simply removing them was enough to allow musl to function properly on e5500 devices.
> I initially considered whether a compile-time check in the configure script was possible, however I believe this has to be a run-time check to query whether the processor supports AltiVec extentions and to conditionally store/restore the registers if it does. I see that Arm targets use __hwcap for platform-specific functionality, and in hwcap.h for PowerPC64 there is a "PPC_FEATURE_HAS_ALTIVEC" definition.
> Would this be the correct way to detect this platform-specific behavior?

__hwcap is the right check (e.g. used in the arm setjmp)

it works if the missing altivec does not affect the call abi
of standard c functions (otherwise fixing setjmp/longjmp alone
will not help: a separate build of libc is needed targetting
your system's call abi).

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