Commit 651d765d authored by Anton Blanchard's avatar Anton Blanchard Committed by Paul Mackerras
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[PATCH] Add a prctl to change the endianness of a process.

This new prctl is intended for changing the execution mode of the
processor, on processors that support both a little-endian mode and a
big-endian mode.  It is intended for use by programs such as
instruction set emulators (for example an x86 emulator on PowerPC),
which may find it convenient to use the processor in an alternate
endianness mode when executing translated instructions.

Note that this does not imply the existence of a fully-fledged ABI for
both endiannesses, or of compatibility code for converting system
calls done in the non-native endianness mode.  The program is expected
to arrange for all of its system call arguments to be presented in the
native endianness.

Switching between big and little-endian mode will require some care in
constructing the instruction sequence for the switch.  Generally the
instructions up to the instruction that invokes the prctl system call
will have to be in the old endianness, and subsequent instructions
will have to be in the new endianness.
Signed-off-by: default avatarAnton Blanchard <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarPaul Mackerras <>
parent 3b5e905e
......@@ -52,4 +52,11 @@
#define PR_SET_NAME 15 /* Set process name */
#define PR_GET_NAME 16 /* Get process name */
/* Get/set process endian */
#define PR_GET_ENDIAN 19
#define PR_SET_ENDIAN 20
# define PR_ENDIAN_BIG 0
# define PR_ENDIAN_LITTLE 1 /* True little endian mode */
# define PR_ENDIAN_PPC_LITTLE 2 /* "PowerPC" pseudo little endian */
#endif /* _LINUX_PRCTL_H */
......@@ -57,6 +57,12 @@
# define GET_FPEXC_CTL(a,b) (-EINVAL)
#ifndef GET_ENDIAN
# define GET_ENDIAN(a,b) (-EINVAL)
#ifndef SET_ENDIAN
# define SET_ENDIAN(a,b) (-EINVAL)
* this is where the system-wide overflow UID and GID are defined, for
......@@ -2057,6 +2063,13 @@ asmlinkage long sys_prctl(int option, unsigned long arg2, unsigned long arg3,
return -EFAULT;
return 0;
error = GET_ENDIAN(current, arg2);
error = SET_ENDIAN(current, arg2);
error = -EINVAL;
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