Commit 651d765d authored by Committed by Paul MackerrasBrowse files
[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: Anton Blanchard <email@example.com> Signed-off-by: Paul Mackerras <firstname.lastname@example.org>