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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_ARCH_USE_BUILTIN_BSWAP:

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Modern versions of GCC (since 4.4) have builtin functions for handling byte-swapping. Using these, instead of the old inline assembler that the architecture code provides in the __arch_bswapXX() macros, allows the compiler to see what's happening and offers more opportunity for optimisation. In particular, the compiler will be able to combine the byteswap with a nearby load or store and use load-and-swap or store-and-swap instructions if the architecture has them. It should almost *never* result in code which is worse than the hand-coded assembler in <asm/swab.h>. But just in case it does, the use of the builtins is optional.

Any architecture with load-and-swap or store-and-swap instructions should set this. And it shouldn't hurt to set it on architectures that don't have such instructions.



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