VFP handling in multiplatform feroceon kernels

Nicolas Pitre nicolas.pitre at linaro.org
Tue Jun 24 07:04:14 PDT 2014

On Tue, 24 Jun 2014, Catalin Marinas wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 02:17:06PM +0100, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > Since 3.16, we have the ability to build a multiplatform kernel
> > that includes both kirkwood (feroceon) and some other ARMv5 CPU.
> > 
> > I accidentally stumbled over a bug in the VFP code that looks
> > like it will break at least ARM9 VFP support if CPU_FEROCEON
> > is also enabled, introduced by this (old) commit:
> I would argue that the bug is in the CPU (feroceon). See the end of this
> email:
> http://www.spinics.net/lists/arm-kernel/msg41460.html
> and my follow-up. Basically you can't avoid the conditional compilation
> as Feroceon doesn't follow the VFP sub-architecture spec and doesn't
> present itself as a different CPU from an _ARM_ 9. Unless things have
> changed with Marvell's hardware implementation and they got a new id, I
> suggest you don't enable this for multi-platform.

Only the early revision did hijack the ARM9 ID but still. We certainly 
can determine at run time if the platform being booted is equiped with a 
Feroceon before user space is started.  In that case I'd suggest some 
runtime code patching to branch to some out-of-line assembly code for 


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