Re: [PATCH 2/5 -v2.1] x86: Detect CPUID support early at boot

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Sun Feb 10 2013 - 03:36:36 EST

On Sat, Feb 09, 2013 at 08:34:53PM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> I wouldn't really call it a "side effect". Perhaps the right thing
> here is to say something like "we want to start out with %eflags
> unambiguously clear".
> (Note also we have had to CLD earlier because we have already copied
> the command line.)

Ok, let's make it even more verbose so that people know in the future:

"... we want to start out with EFLAGS unambiguously clear. That means DF
in particular (even though we have cleared it earlier after copying the
command line) because GCC expects it."

How does that sound?

Also, I was wondering about the whole reasoning behind that: do you know
why DF=0 is a GCC requirement? I mean, nothing hurts GCC from issuing a
CLD each time?



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