Soft Float for PC386
angelo at hunterlink.net.au
Fri Feb 23 01:05:43 UTC 2001
If I build the pc386 with both the -mno-fp-ret-in-387 and the -msoft-float flags
the machine re-boots if you try to create a task. Eg, if you try to run the
ticker sample, the machine re-boots. If you only use the -msoft-float and not
the -mno-fp-ret-in-387 flag, the tasks run OK.
I am mentioning this because the ts_386ex build uses both flags, and so if
someone tests these on a ts_386ex, they may want to try running ticker on it to
see if it crashes.
The exception is still thrown if I try to use a floating point routine.
Joel Sherrill wrote:
> angelo wrote:
> > I have successfully run RTEMS apps on a Pentium using the pc386 build,
> > however, when I attempt to run the apps (including the hello world ) on a
> > 386 with no co-processor, The console just display an infinite Exception
> > which I cannot read.
> Hmmm.. I would be surprised if the lack of an FPU is causing this. But
> stranger things have happened over the years. What RTEMS version are
> you trying? It might also be worth it to put a "while 1" loop in the
> exception handler temporarily so the message won't disappear.
> > I suspect that it may be that soft float is required,
> > but I am not sure. Is there a way of ensuring that I am not trying to use
> > the co-processor and am in fact using the soft floating point libraries.
> The answer is simple and not so simple at the same time. The standard
> gcc sources do not have soft-float support turned on for the i386 targets.
> The RTEMS gcc patches and RPMs post 4.5.0 do include support for this.
> If you look at the ts_386ex target in recent snapshots, its CPU_CFLAGS
> should be the basis for adding a new pc386 variant (like pc86 and
> pck6). Right now all pc386 variants assume an FPU.
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