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Re: [PATCH, i386]: Remove sse{,2} effective target check from compile-time tests

On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 8:18 AM, Uros Bizjak <> wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 5:15 PM, H.J. Lu <> wrote:
>> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 7:43 AM, Uros Bizjak <> wrote:
>>> On Fri, Jul 23, 2010 at 3:51 PM, H.J. Lu <> wrote:
>>>> I am not against this patch. I just think the xxx-runtime addition was
>>>> a bad idea. Most, if not all, SSE/AVX tests, which require
>>>> effective SSE/AVX targets, are run-time tests. There may be a few
>>>> of them are assemble/link tests. We should have added a different
>>>> effective proc just for them. The change would have been very small.
>>>> I guess it was too late to redo it now.
>>> There are two approaches, as far as x86 tests are concerned. One
>>> approach was invented for tests and the other for all
>>> other test directories.
>>> a)
>>> These tests are protected by sse{,2,...,n} and avx effective targets.
>>> These effective targets tests check if the whole toolchain is able to
>>> compile the test, but the real hardware/OS support will be checked by
>>> the executable itself and will terminate early on targets that can't
>>> execute all instructions. The benefit for this approach can be seen
>>> for i.e. AVX tests. Using recent enough binutils, even if the hardware
>>> can not support the execution, the test _can_ be compiled all the way
>>> to the executable, so toolchain can be tested as far as possible.
>> If there is no hardware/OS support, do we still run those run-time tests
>> or just skip them?
> We run them.

2 issues if we still run those tests when there is no hardware/OS support:

1. Each test needs t do a run-time check. I don't see why we
need the new proc to check hardware/OS support.
2. Passing those tests doesn't mean implementation is correct,
encoding could be wrong or wrong instructions could be


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