[cfe-users] [PATCH v5] cacheflush.2: Document __builtin___clear_cache() as a more portable alternative

Alejandro Colomar via cfe-users cfe-users at lists.llvm.org
Mon Dec 14 03:43:07 PST 2020

Reported-by: Heinrich Schuchardt <xypron.glpk at gmx.de>
Signed-off-by: Alejandro Colomar <alx.manpages at gmail.com>
 man2/cacheflush.2 | 24 ++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 24 insertions(+)

diff --git a/man2/cacheflush.2 b/man2/cacheflush.2
index aba625721..7a2eed506 100644
--- a/man2/cacheflush.2
+++ b/man2/cacheflush.2
@@ -86,6 +86,30 @@ On Linux, this call first appeared on the MIPS architecture,
 but nowadays, Linux provides a
 .BR cacheflush ()
 system call on some other architectures, but with different arguments.
+Unless you need the finer grained control that this system call provides,
+you probably want to use the GCC built-in function
+.BR __builtin___clear_cache (),
+which provides a portable interface
+across platforms supported by GCC and compatible compilers:
+.in +4n
+.BI "void __builtin___clear_cache(void *" begin ", void *" end );
+On platforms that don't require instruction cache flushes,
+.BR __builtin___clear_cache ()
+has no effect.
+.IR Note :
+Until GCC 9.1.0,
+the prototype for this built-in function used
+.I char *
+instead of
+.I void *
+for the parameters.
 Linux kernels older than version 2.6.11 ignore the
 .I addr

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