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Re: [TEST CASE] String offset errors on evbarm 8.99 [PR 54159]

Thank you for the background. I see now why Joerg Sonnenberger suspected
the ARM special symbols to have something to do with it.

I will try next week to find my way through the binutils sources.

On Thu, Aug 08, 2019 at 07:51:10AM +1000, matthew green wrote:
> Joerg Sonnenberger writes:
> > On Wed, Aug 07, 2019 at 08:35:09PM +0200, tlaronde%polynum.com@localhost wrote:
> > > At the very least, I would like to be pointed to some
> > > documentation, particularily about what are these special symbols '$a'
> > > '$d' (and '$t' and what else?) and what is special about the earmv7
> > > case.
> > 
> > Short background: ARM CPUs can generally operate in one of two modes:
> > ARM mode or Thumb mode. The former is more expressive by using 32bit
> > instructions, the latter is more compact due to using 16bit
> > instructions. In both modes, constants longer than 16bit are often
> > placed into so-called constant pools before or after a function.
> it's even worse. :)
> larger functions may have multiple constant pools in the code
> that are inserted immediately after unconditional branches if
> possible, or a branch placed before it no suitable location
> can be found in the attempted output.
> .mrg.
> ps: xscale CPUs run slightly faster if constant pools are
> cache-line aligned (including the next constant -> text
> in the output) as well.  not sure that ever got implemented
> in GCC proper..

        Thierry Laronde <tlaronde +AT+ polynum +dot+ com>
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