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[v6,4/4] powerpc/64: Option to build big-endian with ELFv2 ABI

Message ID 20221128041539.1742489-5-npiggin@gmail.com (mailing list archive)
State Accepted
Commit 5017b45946722bdd20ac255c9ae7273b78d1f12e
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Series Option to build big-endian with ELFv2 ABI | expand


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Commit Message

Nicholas Piggin Nov. 28, 2022, 4:15 a.m. UTC
Provide an option to build big-endian kernels using the ELFv2 ABI. This
works on GCC only for now. Clang is rumored to support this, but core
build files need updating first, at least.

This gives big-endian kernels useful advantages of the ELFv2 ABI, e.g.,
less stack usage, -mprofile-kernel support, better compatibility with
eBPF tools.

BE+ELFv2 is not officially supported by the GNU toolchain, but it works
fine in testing and has been used by some userspace for some time (e.g.,
Void Linux).

Tested-by: Michal Suchánek <msuchanek@suse.de>
Reviewed-by: Segher Boessenkool <segher@kernel.crashing.org>
Signed-off-by: Nicholas Piggin <npiggin@gmail.com>
 arch/powerpc/Kconfig                   | 21 +++++++++++++++++++++
 arch/powerpc/platforms/Kconfig.cputype |  4 ++--
 2 files changed, 23 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
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diff --git a/arch/powerpc/Kconfig b/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
index 2ca5418457ed..2d0d80bcc24a 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
@@ -1,6 +1,9 @@ 
 # SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0
 source "arch/powerpc/platforms/Kconfig.cputype"
+config CC_HAS_ELFV2
+	def_bool PPC64 && $(cc-option, -mabi=elfv2)
 config 32BIT
 	default y if PPC32
@@ -583,6 +586,24 @@  config KEXEC_FILE
 	def_bool KEXEC_FILE
+	bool "Build big-endian kernel using ELF ABI V2 (EXPERIMENTAL)"
+	depends on PPC64 && CPU_BIG_ENDIAN
+	depends on CC_HAS_ELFV2
+	depends on LD_IS_BFD && LD_VERSION >= 22400
+	default n
+	help
+	  This builds the kernel image using the "Power Architecture 64-Bit ELF
+	  V2 ABI Specification", which has a reduced stack overhead and faster
+	  function calls. This internal kernel ABI option does not affect
+          userspace compatibility.
+	  The V2 ABI is standard for 64-bit little-endian, but for big-endian
+	  it is less well tested by kernel and toolchain. However some distros
+	  build userspace this way, and it can produce a functioning kernel.
+	  This requires GCC and binutils 2.24 or newer.
 	bool "Build a relocatable kernel"
 	depends on PPC64 || (FLATMEM && (44x || PPC_85xx))
diff --git a/arch/powerpc/platforms/Kconfig.cputype b/arch/powerpc/platforms/Kconfig.cputype
index 0c4eed9aea80..6e94d45f3baa 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/platforms/Kconfig.cputype
+++ b/arch/powerpc/platforms/Kconfig.cputype
@@ -575,10 +575,10 @@  config CPU_LITTLE_ENDIAN
 config PPC64_ELF_ABI_V1
-	def_bool PPC64 && CPU_BIG_ENDIAN
+	def_bool PPC64 && (CPU_BIG_ENDIAN && !PPC64_BIG_ENDIAN_ELF_ABI_V2)
 config PPC64_ELF_ABI_V2
-	def_bool PPC64 && CPU_LITTLE_ENDIAN
+	def_bool PPC64 && !PPC64_ELF_ABI_V1
 	def_bool n