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Re: sse{2,3,4.2}, altivec, neon, ...

On Tue, Aug 8, 2017 at 4:47 AM, Adam Borowski <kilobyte@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 05, 2017 at 10:28:36PM +0200, Adam Borowski wrote:
>> It's easy to quite reliably detect the presence of such instructions
>> (probably no one JITs such code).  There's no real way to check if it's
>> executed unconditionally, though -- a lot of software has optimized code
>> paths that are chosen at runtime.
>> I guess we could apply such check to the archive: for example, if any of
>> these instructions are present in a code section: [snip]
>> then the program may need sse2.  But there's no good way to weed out false
>> positives automatically, so all we'd get is a list of candidates to check.
> I went through the whole archive and disassembled all binaries in unstable
> in amd64 and i386 (not sure where to get a good list of neon instructions
> for armhf) -- results attached, and so is the script for analyzing a
> package[1].
> Alas, there's way too many false positives to turn this into a lintian
> check.  There's 254 amd64 and 409 i386 sources which produce executables
> that include those instructions (I ignored other ISA extensions for now),
> most of them use proper runtime detection.  So unless someone can propose
> a better check, they'd need to be tested by hand.

I will prefer to implement it on lintian. Even if false positive. BTW
could you print path ?


> And no, presence of cpuid is not enough -- for example chromium:i386 checks
> it, yet requires sse2 (it even has proper runtime optimizations for sse4.2).
> Meow!
> [1]. pkgext needs to have the path to ext edited; I didn't bother adding
> fragile $0 logic.
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