[ARM 1/5 big.LITTLE] Add driver support for rewriting -mcpu names

James Greenhalgh james.greenhalgh@arm.com
Thu Jan 16 14:26:00 GMT 2014

On Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 08:36:09PM +0000, Charles Baylis wrote:
> Hi James,
> This commit (SVN r206045) seems to have introduced a problem when
> compiling multiple source files if a -mcpu option is also present on
> the command line.
> This can be reproduced in a arm-unknown-linux-gnueabihf build with any
> source file which use floating point arguments/results. For example
> ===== t.c
> float f(void) { return 1.0f;}
> =====
> Note that the example command line here specifies t.c twice, although
> any two source files can be used. It is the second compilation which
> triggers the error.
> $ ~/tools/tools-arm-unknown-linux-gnueabihf-trunk/bin/arm-unknown-linux-gnueabihf-gcc
> -mcpu=cortex-a15 -O2 -c t.c t.c
> t.c: In function ‘f’:
> t.c:2:1: sorry, unimplemented: Thumb-1 hard-float VFP ABI
>  float f(void) { return 1.0f;}
>  ^

Hi Charles,

I can't reproduce exactly the error you see, but I do see a bug
which explains what is happening.

The key can be seen by turning on -v. You will notice that
COLLECT_GCC_OPTIONS for the first invocation of cc1 has a
-mcpu value, but the second invocation does not.

At a guess, your configuration is set with --with-mode=thumb,
and probably has a default architecture of armv4. With the first
invocation of cc1 the -mcpu overrides the default architecture and
you get an armv7-a, hard-float, thumb mode binary. With the
second invocation of cc1 there is no -mcpu and the compiler will try
to build an armv4, hard-float, thumb mode binary - and fail with the
message above.

It should be the case that if we fix BIG_LITTLE_SPEC in
arm.h such that the second invocation of cc1 also gets a -mcpu
value, your issue will be resolved.

I'll work on a fix.


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