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* [PATCH] powerpc/vdso: Don't use r30 to avoid breaking Go lang
@ 2021-07-29 13:12 Michael Ellerman
  2021-07-29 13:42 ` Paul Menzel
                   ` (2 more replies)
  0 siblings, 3 replies; 6+ messages in thread
From: Michael Ellerman @ 2021-07-29 13:12 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: linuxppc-dev; +Cc: pmenzel

The Go runtime uses r30 for some special value called 'g'. It assumes
that value will remain unchanged even when calling VDSO functions.
Although r30 is non-volatile across function calls, the callee is free
to use it, as long as the callee saves the value and restores it before

It used to be true by accident that the VDSO didn't use r30, because the
VDSO was hand-written asm. When we switched to building the VDSO from C
the compiler started using r30, at least in some builds, leading to
crashes in Go. eg:

  ~/go/src$ ./all.bash
  Building Go cmd/dist using /usr/lib/go-1.16. (go1.16.2 linux/ppc64le)
  Building Go toolchain1 using /usr/lib/go-1.16.
  go build os/exec: /usr/lib/go-1.16/pkg/tool/linux_ppc64le/compile: signal: segmentation fault
  go build reflect: /usr/lib/go-1.16/pkg/tool/linux_ppc64le/compile: signal: segmentation fault
  go tool dist: FAILED: /usr/lib/go-1.16/bin/go install -gcflags=-l -tags=math_big_pure_go compiler_bootstrap bootstrap/cmd/...: exit status 1

There are patches in flight to fix Go[1], but until they are released
and widely deployed we can workaround it in the VDSO by avoiding use of

Note this only works with GCC, clang does not support -ffixed-rN.


Fixes: ab037dd87a2f ("powerpc/vdso: Switch VDSO to generic C implementation.")
Cc: # v5.11+
Reported-by: Paul Menzel <>
Tested-by: Paul Menzel <>
Signed-off-by: Michael Ellerman <>
 arch/powerpc/kernel/vdso64/Makefile | 7 +++++++
 1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/vdso64/Makefile b/arch/powerpc/kernel/vdso64/Makefile
index 2813e3f98db6..3c5baaa6f1e7 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/vdso64/Makefile
+++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/vdso64/Makefile
@@ -27,6 +27,13 @@ KASAN_SANITIZE := n
 ccflags-y := -shared -fno-common -fno-builtin -nostdlib \
 	-Wl, -Wl,--hash-style=both
+# Go prior to 1.16.x assumes r30 is not clobbered by any VDSO code. That used to be true
+# by accident when the VDSO was hand-written asm code, but may not be now that the VDSO is
+# compiler generated. To avoid breaking Go tell GCC not to use r30. Impact on code
+# generation is minimal, it will just use r29 instead.
+ccflags-y += $(call cc-option, -ffixed-r30)
 asflags-y := -D__VDSO64__ -s
 targets +=

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2021-07-29 13:12 [PATCH] powerpc/vdso: Don't use r30 to avoid breaking Go lang Michael Ellerman
2021-07-29 13:42 ` Paul Menzel
2021-07-29 16:25   ` Nick Desaulniers
2021-07-30 23:55     ` Segher Boessenkool
2021-08-01 13:14 ` Michael Ellerman
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