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Re: make sh-1 support in gcc obsolete?

Joern Rennecke wrote:
> The SH-1 processor, unlike its sucessors, doesn't have delayed
> conditional branches, nor the branch far (braf) instruction.
> The lack of delayed conditional branches causes some ugliness
> in assembler files.  The lack of braf means that you can't
> execute a program on SH-1 that has been compiled with a
> gcc from mainline sources after September 2001, because
> is not used for coff, but then, coff was defunct during that
> timespan...).
> I presume that we take the lack of interest for this breakage as an
> indication of a lack of interest for sh-1 support in new gcc releases
> in general.
> Now, while sh-coff might be used in the future as a starting
> point for a coff-based OS port, I can't see any such redeeming
> features for SH-1.  Moreover, by removing sh-1 support, we'll also remove
> two multilibs from the standard sh-elf port, thus reducing build times,
> test times, and binary toolchain size.
> There are also a few more fringe simplification benefits because SH2 and
> later procesors all support 32 bit multiply, decrement and test, and
> branch to subroutine far (bsrf).

As Ralf points out separately, RTEMS uses sh-coff because sh-elf isn't
yet and hasn't switched to 3.x because until 3.1 it simply wasn't stable
enough.  So please don't abandon the SH-1.  This is a regression.

FWIW I have reported test results for sh-coff multiple times since
the date in question but I guess no one has investigated the huge number 
of failures.  From
for sh-coff:

             === gcc Summary ===

# of expected passes            13879
# of unexpected failures        4255
# of expected failures          66
# of unresolved testcases       31
# of unsupported tests          129

But this is essentially the same as 3.1 for sh-elf so I don't see the 

 === gcc Summary ===

# of expected passes            13900
# of unexpected failures        4273
# of expected failures          66
# of unresolved testcases       42
# of unsupported tests          125

As best I can tell, both sh-coff and sh-elf are badly broken. :(  There
appears to be no advantage to sh-elf from the test results.

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