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Re: PING for PowerPC: Add msingle-pic-base option

On Wed, Nov 03, 2010 at 11:38:04AM +0100, Joakim Tjernlund wrote:

Please don't use a Mask in the rs6000.opt file, as we are out of bits (or
nearly out of ISA bits).  Instead you should use Var to use a separate
variable.  This way it won't cause extra pressure on the ISA bits, and possibly
break some ports.

While this option isn't likely to be used in a target attribute, you probably
should add a Save option, just in case.

I didn't see any patches to doc/invoke.texi to document this new option.

> and a mini ping for powerpc: Support -fpic too with mrelocatable

I haven't looked at -mrelocatable in 10+ years, but the original motivation for
it was it was added in the early days of the eABI compiler before -fpic was
added to the PowerPC compiler, and a client needed a simple method of having
his/her code relocated.  What would -fpic -mrelocatable do that that either
-mrelocatable or -fpic alone already does not do?  If people are still using
-mrelocatable, perhaps it is time to teach the embedded ports about doing full
pic, and migrate to that.

Michael Meissner, IBM
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