Subject: Re: ELF ABI support for sparcV9 binaries.
To: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <>
List: tech-toolchain
Date: 07/10/2000 11:33:12
Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU> writes:
> >NetBSD on mips currently 'normally' uses, basically, -mips1 with some
> >bad variations on floating point (and there, they've mostly been
> >phased out as far as I can tell because of the difficulty people have
> >encountered managing the different binary sets)
> just out of curiousity: what were/are the bad variations?

sorry, i wasn't particularly clear.  that was meant to be "bad
(variations on floating point)".

In particular, i'm talking about the aborted attempts to use software
FP only on some platforms.

(as far as I'm concerned, we _should_ be using software-FP only for
most binaries, or at the very least system libraries, on systems
without real FP.  yes, it makes a relative mess of binary distribution
sets, but, in a nutshell, binary distribution set pain happens once,
whereas use of kernel-emulated FP causes pain -- in terms of speed
loss -- every time you try an FP op.)