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Re: GCC changes for Fedora + riscv64


On 04/08/2018 08:22 AM, Jeff Law wrote:
On 03/31/2018 12:27 PM, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
I'd like to talk about what changes we (may) need to GCC in
Fedora to get it working on 64-bit RISC-V, and also (more
importantly) to ask your advice on things we don't fully
understand yet.  However, I don't know even what venue you'd
prefer to discuss this in.

A discussion here is fine with me.  I know of a few issues.

I have a work-in-progress --with-multilib-list patch in PR 84797 but it isn't quite right yet, and needs to work more like the patch in PR 85142, which isn't OK to check in.

There is a problem with atomics. We only have builtins for the ones that can be implemented with a single instruction. Adding -latomic unconditionally might fix it, but won't work for gcc builds and the gcc testsuite unless we also add paths pointing into the libatomic build dir. I'm also concerned that this might cause build problems, if we end up trying to link with libatomic before we have built it. The simplest solution might be to just add expanders for all of the missing atomics, even if they require multiple instructions, just like how all of the mainstream linux targets currently work.

There is a problem with the linker not searching the right set of dirs by default. That is more a binutils problem than a gcc problem, but the linker might need some help from gcc to fix it, as the linker doesn't normally take -march and -mabi options.

There is a problem with libffi, which has RISC-V support upstream, but not in the FSF GCC copy. This is needed for go language support. There was also a dispute about go something naming, as to whether it should be riscv64 or riscv, with one person doing a port choosing the former and another person doing another port choosing the latter.

Those are all of the Linux specific ones I can remember at the moment. I might have missed some.

Jim


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