From: H. Peter Anvin on
On 02/03/2010 05:39 AM, Wu Fengguang wrote:
>> (I wonder if it could have used __builtin_popcount)
>> (I wonder which gcc versions support __builtin_popcount)

I think 4.0 or later, but it often generates calls to libgcc, which
would mean adding libgcc functions to the kernel (which some arches
already do.)

> This is how Jamie Lokier first recommended it to me:
> Checked GCC 3.4.3 / 4.1 / 4.4: It expands as a compile-time
> constant if the argument is a compile-time constant, so can be
> used in BUILD_BUG_ON() and even for array sizes etc.
> Is there an official lowest GCC version that Linux supports?

3.4, I believe.


H. Peter Anvin, Intel Open Source Technology Center
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