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From: Palmer Dabbelt <>
To:, Jim Wilson <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] RISC-V: Implement __clear_cache via __builtin___clear_cache
Date: Fri, 14 Oct 2022 14:59:40 -0700 (PDT)	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <mhng-e53b622e-a106-4d70-a652-bcdb9a0122e9@palmer-ri-x1c9a> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

On Fri, 14 Oct 2022 12:56:48 PDT (-0700), Palmer Dabbelt wrote:
> We have had an implementation of __builtin___clear_cache since the
> beginning, but didn't have the cooresponding __clear_cache library
> routine implemented.  This directly conflicts the GCC manual in a
> handful of places, which indicates that __clear_cache should work and
> that __builtin_clear_cache should function the same way as __clear_cache
> by ethier calling it or inlining the functionality.
> This patch simply implements __clear_cache via __builtin___clear_cache.
> This should be safe as we always have clear_cache insn so therefor
> __builtin___clear_cache will never fall back to calling __clear_cache.
> I'm not actually sure that silently implementing clear_cache as a NOP
> when there is no ISA defined mechanism for icache synchronization is the
> right way to go, but that's really a different discussion.
> This was reported as Bug 94136, which is a year old but was categorized
> as a documentation bug.  I believe that categorization was incorrect:
> having an empty __clear_cache library routine is simply incorrect
> behavior, the fact that __builtin___clear_cache happens to be
> implemented as a libc call on Linux is just a red herring suggesting the
> documentation fix to point out the name difference.  I view this new
> behavior as conforming to the existing documentation: we're just
> inlining the __clear_cache implementation, even if that implementation
> happens to be a call to a very similar looking libc routine.
> gcc/ChangeLog
> 	PR target/94136
> 	* config/riscv/riscv.h (CLEAR_INSN_CACHE): New macro.
> ---
> Passes riscv-linux mulilib with no new failures.  OK for trunk and

Oops, accidentally hit send before checking the test results.  There's a 
bunch of failures, not sure if they're new though as I was trying to 
bisect them down and have a dirty tree.  This might take a few 

> backports to gcc-11, gcc-12?
> Changes since v1 <>:
> * Extra "_" as per Jim's comment.
> ---
>  gcc/config/riscv/riscv.h | 5 +++++
>  1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/gcc/config/riscv/riscv.h b/gcc/config/riscv/riscv.h
> index acae68ebb2d..bb0dcb651d5 100644
> --- a/gcc/config/riscv/riscv.h
> +++ b/gcc/config/riscv/riscv.h
> @@ -1080,4 +1080,9 @@ extern void riscv_remove_unneeded_save_restore_calls (void);
>  #define REGISTER_TARGET_PRAGMAS() riscv_register_pragmas ()
> +/* We always have a "clear_cache" insn, which means __builtin__clear_cache will
> +   never emit a call to __clear_cache.  */
> +#define CLEAR_INSN_CACHE(BEG, END) __builtin___clear_cache((BEG), (END));
> +
>  #endif /* ! GCC_RISCV_H */

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