[LLVMdev] [PATCH] x86/asm: avoid mnemonics without type suffix

H. Peter Anvin hpa at zytor.com
Mon Jul 15 11:40:04 PDT 2013

On 07/14/2013 12:49 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM, Tim Northover <t.p.northover at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I don't think you've actually tested that, have you? (x86-64)
> Oh, you're right, for constants > 5 bits you have that other thing
> going on. I didn't think about the fact that the constant changed in
> the middle of the thread (it started out as 1).
> We use the gcc constraint "I" (0-31) in the kernel for this reason.
>              Linus

This is also why the Intel manuals point out that "some assemblers" can
take things like:

	bt[l] $63,(%rsi)

... and turn it into:

	btl $31,4(%rsi)

This is definitely the friendly thing to do toward the human programmer.
 Unfortunately gas doesn't, nor does e.g. NASM.


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