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authorNathan Chancellor <>2019-02-02 03:34:36 +0100
committerRussell King <>2019-02-12 15:20:09 +0000
commitde9c0d49d85dc563549972edc5589d195cd5e859 (patch)
tree4e9c64d1d00a6f7dca3a74e949a29fc54fde3614 /Documentation/arm
parent5388a5b82199facacd3d7ac0d05aca6e8f902fed (diff)
ARM: 8833/1: Ensure that NEON code always compiles with Clang
While building arm32 allyesconfig, I ran into the following errors: arch/arm/lib/xor-neon.c:17:2: error: You should compile this file with '-mfloat-abi=softfp -mfpu=neon' In file included from lib/raid6/neon1.c:27: /home/nathan/cbl/prebuilt/lib/clang/8.0.0/include/arm_neon.h:28:2: error: "NEON support not enabled" Building V=1 showed NEON_FLAGS getting passed along to Clang but __ARM_NEON__ was not getting defined. Ultimately, it boils down to Clang only defining __ARM_NEON__ when targeting armv7, rather than armv6k, which is the '-march' value for allyesconfig. >From lib/Basic/Targets/ARM.cpp in the Clang source: // This only gets set when Neon instructions are actually available, unlike // the VFP define, hence the soft float and arch check. This is subtly // different from gcc, we follow the intent which was that it should be set // when Neon instructions are actually available. if ((FPU & NeonFPU) && !SoftFloat && ArchVersion >= 7) { Builder.defineMacro("__ARM_NEON", "1"); Builder.defineMacro("__ARM_NEON__"); // current AArch32 NEON implementations do not support double-precision // floating-point even when it is present in VFP. Builder.defineMacro("__ARM_NEON_FP", "0x" + Twine::utohexstr(HW_FP & ~HW_FP_DP)); } Ard Biesheuvel recommended explicitly adding '-march=armv7-a' at the beginning of the NEON_FLAGS definitions so that __ARM_NEON__ always gets definined by Clang. This doesn't functionally change anything because that code will only run where NEON is supported, which is implicitly armv7. Link: Suggested-by: Ard Biesheuvel <> Signed-off-by: Nathan Chancellor <> Acked-by: Nicolas Pitre <> Reviewed-by: Nick Desaulniers <> Reviewed-by: Stefan Agner <> Signed-off-by: Russell King <>
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1 files changed, 2 insertions, 2 deletions
diff --git a/Documentation/arm/kernel_mode_neon.txt b/Documentation/arm/kernel_mode_neon.txt
index 525452726d31..b9e060c5b61e 100644
--- a/Documentation/arm/kernel_mode_neon.txt
+++ b/Documentation/arm/kernel_mode_neon.txt
@@ -6,7 +6,7 @@ TL;DR summary
* Use only NEON instructions, or VFP instructions that don't rely on support
* Isolate your NEON code in a separate compilation unit, and compile it with
- '-mfpu=neon -mfloat-abi=softfp'
+ '-march=armv7-a -mfpu=neon -mfloat-abi=softfp'
* Put kernel_neon_begin() and kernel_neon_end() calls around the calls into your
NEON code
* Don't sleep in your NEON code, and be aware that it will be executed with
@@ -87,7 +87,7 @@ instructions appearing in unexpected places if no special care is taken.
Therefore, the recommended and only supported way of using NEON/VFP in the
kernel is by adhering to the following rules:
* isolate the NEON code in a separate compilation unit and compile it with
- '-mfpu=neon -mfloat-abi=softfp';
+ '-march=armv7-a -mfpu=neon -mfloat-abi=softfp';
* issue the calls to kernel_neon_begin(), kernel_neon_end() as well as the calls
into the unit containing the NEON code from a compilation unit which is *not*
built with the GCC flag '-mfpu=neon' set.