Re: x86 ptep_get_and_clear question

From: Jamie Lokier (
Date: Fri Feb 16 2001 - 12:37:07 EST

> > Ben, fancy writing a boot-time test?
> >
> I'd never rely on such a test - what if the cpu checks in 99% of the
> cases, but doesn't handle some cases ('rep movd, everything unaligned,
> ...'.

A good point. The test results are inconclusive.

> And check the Pentium III erratas. There is one with the tlb
> that's only triggered if 4 instruction lie in a certain window and all
> access memory in the same way of the tlb (EFLAGS incorrect if 'andl
> mask,<memory_addr>' causes page fault)).

Nasty, but I don't see what an obscure and impossible to work around
processor bug has to do with this thread. It doesn't actually change
page fault handling, does it?

-- Jamie
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