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Re: solaris build problem with Sun compilers

From: Alan Stange <stange(at)rentec(dot)com>
To: Tom Lane <tgl(at)sss(dot)pgh(dot)pa(dot)us>
Cc: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>, pgsql-ports(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: solaris build problem with Sun compilers
Date: 2006-05-12 20:38:26
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Tom Lane wrote:
> Alan Stange <stange(at)rentec(dot)com> writes:
>> - postgresql HEAD when using the Solaris compilers spro9 or newer will 
>> only run on v9 based hardware using v8plus or v9 platform.
>> - postgresql HEAD when using gcc will run on anything as they generate 
>> code for the v7 platform by default and the cas instruction isn't used 
>> in any assembler code in postgresql.
> I gather from the contents of solaris_sparc.s that the Sun compilers can
> be expected to define __sparcv9 if compiling for v9 hardware.  I'm
> inclined to #ifdef things so that we use cas if that symbol's defined and
> ldstub if not.  I'm not sure if gcc can be expected to define the same
> symbol --- we might end up using ldstub always, even if we try to
> conditionalize the code for gcc.

This code isn't used by gcc, is it?  Or are you thinking to use the same 
  assembler segment in the inline function used by gcc?

> Or we could just revert to ldstub.  This seems like a lot of complexity
> for a so-far-entirely-hypothetical performance gain ...

I suspect that on machines like the UltraSparc T1 (the multi-core boxes) 
this can have an impact (lots of additional memory writes).  Even so, 
that seems like a stretch.

Was there any reason given for the cas patch?

I might get around to doing the work for the Solaris compiler build to 
support the inline keyword as well.   I hacked on it a bit today but had 
to get back to real work...

-- Alan

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