On Mon, 2007-03-19 at 11:38 -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Mar 2007, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> > True. You can use all of the call clobbered registers.
> Quite often, the biggest single win of inlining is not so much the code
> size (although if done right, that will be smaller too), but the fact that
> inlining DOES NOT CLOBBER AS MANY REGISTERS!
*This* was the reason that the current hand-coded calls only clobber %
eax. It was a compromise between native (no clobbers) and others (might
need a reg).
Now, since we decided to allow paravirt_ops operations to be normal C
(ie. the patching is optional and done late), we actually push and pop %
ecx and %edx. This makes the call site 10 bytes long, which is a nice
size for patching anyway (enough for a movl $0, <addr>, a-la lguest's
cli, or movw $0, %gs:<addr> if we supported SMP).
The current 6 paravirt ops which are patched cover the vast majority of
calls (until the Xen patches, then we need ~4 more?). Jeremy chose to
expand patching to cover *all* paravirt ops, rather than just the new
hot ones, and that's where we tipped over the ugliness threshold.
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