Re: [RFC] x86: xsave/xrstor support, ucontext_t extensions

From: Roland McGrath
Date: Thu May 22 2008 - 21:34:40 EST

> What I was doing in the RFC is: restore the state what ever that was
> present and init the state that was not present in the stack frame.

That is consistent in spirit with the existing treatment of FPU data.
That is, if the sigcontext.fpstate pointer is NULL, the thread's FPU
state is reset to default. (And despite what hpa said about being
"supported", the facts in the code are that sigreturn just follows the
sigcontext.fpstate pointer, whatever it is. On 32-bit, the pointer is
NULL in the context saved when the thread had not used the FPU, so
modifying the sigcontext to include FP state when it didn't before
requires putting in some user-chosen pointer. There in fact may well be
existing code that does user-level coroutine switching using sigreturn
and relies on this, for all we know.)

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