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IBM developerWorks: Inline assembly for x86 in Linux

Apr 01, 2001, 14:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Bharata B. Rao offers a guide to the overall use and structure of inline assembly for x86 on the Linux platform. He covers the basics of inline assembly and its various usages, gives some basic inline assembly coding guidelines, and explains the instances of inline assembly code in the Linux kernel."

"If you're a Linux kernel developer, you probably find yourself coding highly architecture-dependent functions or optimizing a code path pretty often. And you probably do this by inserting assembly language instructions into the middle of C statements (a method otherwise known as inline assembly). Let's take a look at the specific usage of inline assembly in Linux. (We'll limit our discussion to the IA32 assembly.)"

"Let's first look at the basic assembler syntax used in Linux. GCC, the GNU C Compiler for Linux, uses AT&T assembly syntax. Some of the basic rules of this syntax are listed below. (The list is by no means complete; I've included only those rules pertinent to inline assembly.)"

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