|author||Josh Triplett <firstname.lastname@example.org>||2012-03-30 13:37:10 -0700|
|committer||Linus Torvalds <email@example.com>||2012-03-30 16:03:15 -0700|
Documentation: CodingStyle: add inline assembly guidelines
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+ Chapter 19: Inline assembly
+In architecture-specific code, you may need to use inline assembly to interface
+with CPU or platform functionality. Don't hesitate to do so when necessary.
+However, don't use inline assembly gratuitously when C can do the job. You can
+and should poke hardware from C when possible.
+Consider writing simple helper functions that wrap common bits of inline
+assembly, rather than repeatedly writing them with slight variations. Remember
+that inline assembly can use C parameters.
+Large, non-trivial assembly functions should go in .S files, with corresponding
+C prototypes defined in C header files. The C prototypes for assembly
+functions should use "asmlinkage".
+You may need to mark your asm statement as volatile, to prevent GCC from
+removing it if GCC doesn't notice any side effects. You don't always need to
+do so, though, and doing so unnecessarily can limit optimization.
+When writing a single inline assembly statement containing multiple
+instructions, put each instruction on a separate line in a separate quoted
+string, and end each string except the last with \n\t to properly indent the
+next instruction in the assembly output:
+ asm ("magic %reg1, #42\n\t"
+ "more_magic %reg2, %reg3"
+ : /* outputs */ : /* inputs */ : /* clobbers */);
Appendix I: References