Classpath's doubleToLongBits (was: Re: [kaffe] cross-compile error)

Dalibor Topic robilad at
Thu Feb 7 15:26:44 PST 2008

Dalibor Topic wrote:
> Dalibor Topic wrote:
>> My plan would be to look at making the interpreter pass on arm-oabi 
>> and arm-eabi without failures, and then
>> to move on to the jits. I'd also like to see if I can rip out all the 
>> atomic* code in Kaffe's config dirs by using glib's
>> atomic functions instead, as that would be less low level code from 
>> libc to keep around as copies in Kaffe.
>> Any volunteers for the arm-* interpreter failures?
> 3 failures on OABI, 5 on EABI, btw.

I've looked a bit closer at the 3 ARM OABI errors, in particular at the
errors in test/regression/ . That test fails because we 
get the bitstreams of the doubles being tested when we call 
Double.doubleToLongbits with swapped words, i.e. instead of 
0x7fefffffffffffff we get 0xffffffff7fefffff.

The current GNU Classpath implementation of 
Java_java_lang_VMDouble_doubleToLongBits ends up swapping the words, 
whenever __ARMEL__ is defined. That makes the DoubleConst test fail for 
Cacao, Kaffe, etc. Since twisti said on IRC that he had spent a lot of 
time trying to get it right on his ARM systems, I didn't want to mess 
with the corresponding file in fdlibm.

So I wrote another implementation of the function, using ieee754.h (part 
of glibc). Basically, it boils down to shifting the bits from the 
bitfields to the right places inside the jlong. Easy.

Unfortunately, that didn't work on arm OABI debian sid either. It turned 
out that glibc has a bug in the iee754.h header file, that comes to bite 
one on arm OABI. Filed as with a patch 

Meanwhile, that still means that those 3 tests fail until glibc is 
fixed. So ... I'll send in a couple of patches to the classpath patches 
list to first rewrite the doubleToLongBits in Java (and the same for 
Float), removing it from the VM interface, and then, I'll send in a 
patch to add the ieee754.h way of dealing with fetching the bits to the 
current way.

Does that sound useful?

dalibor topic

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