[OpenBIOS] [PATCH] ppc: fix mtmsr for SF setting

Alexander Graf agraf at csgraf.de
Fri Jun 17 00:03:40 CEST 2011

On 16.06.2011, at 21:43, Segher Boessenkool wrote:

>> This patch adds a runtime check on PVR to see if we're running on a 64-bit
>> capable CPU. If so, we use mtmsrd, which can set the high 32bits of MSR.
> That PVR check isn't quite correct.
>> 	mfmsr	r1 ;				/* unset MSR_SF */ \
>> 	clrlwi	r1,r1,0 ; \
>> -	mtmsr	r1 ; \
>> +	mtmsrd	r1 ; \
> clrlwi 1,1,0  is  rlwinm 1,1,0,0,31  which clears all the top 32 bits, not
> only MSR[SF].  Importantly it clears MSR[HV], which you do not want.  Use
> rldicl instead?

Now that we actually detect if we're on a 64-bit CPU, we can indeed be a bit more clever about it. However, I don't think any of the upper 32 bits are important to us, no?

> Instead of the PVR thing, you could check if MSR[SF] is set, and only then
> clear it.  Is this same code used on 32-bit systems?
> lis x,0x8000 ; add. x,x,x ; beq ohai_we_are_32bit

lis x,0x8000 would result in 0xffffffff80000000 or 0x80000000 in x respectively. add. compares the full register with 0, so we also get to analyze the shifted out 8. Very nice trick indeed and exactly what I was searching for! Thanks a lot!


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