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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 5/6] powerpc/64: Make COMPAT user-selectable disabled on littleendian by default.

On 09/02/2019 11:53 PM, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> Segher Boessenkool <> writes:
>> On Mon, Sep 02, 2019 at 12:03:12PM +1000, Michael Ellerman wrote:
>>> Michal Suchanek <> writes:
>>>> On bigendian ppc64 it is common to have 32bit legacy binaries but much
>>>> less so on littleendian.
>>> I think the toolchain people will tell you that there is no 32-bit
>>> little endian ABI defined at all, if anything works it's by accident.
> ^
> v2
>> There of course is a lot of powerpcle-* support. The ABI used for it
>> on linux is the SYSV ABI, just like on BE 32-bit.
> I was talking about ELFv2, which is 64-bit only. But that was based on
> me thinking we had a hard assumption in the kernel that ppc64le kernels
> always expect ELFv2 userland. Looking at the code though I was wrong
> about that, it looks like we will run little endian ELFv1 binaries,
> though I don't think anyone is testing it.
>> There also is specific powerpcle-linux support in GCC, and in binutils,
>> too. Also, config.guess/config.sub supports it. Half a year ago this
>> all built fine (no, I don't test it often either).
>> I don't think glibc supports it though, so I wonder if anyone builds an
>> actual system with it? Maybe busybox or the like?
>>> So I think we should not make this selectable, unless someone puts their
>>> hand up to say they want it and are willing to test it and keep it
>>> working.
>> What about actual 32-bit LE systems? Does anyone still use those?
> Not that I've ever heard of.

We dropped support from 32-bit LE at least with a1f3ae3fe8a1
("powerpc/32: Use stmw/lmw for registers save/restore in asm").

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