[PATCH 1/3] Compiler attributes: Introduce the __preserve_most function attribute

From: Marco Elver
Date: Wed Aug 02 2023 - 11:08:20 EST

[1]: "On X86-64 and AArch64 targets, this attribute changes the calling
convention of a function. The preserve_most calling convention attempts
to make the code in the caller as unintrusive as possible. This
convention behaves identically to the C calling convention on how
arguments and return values are passed, but it uses a different set of
caller/callee-saved registers. This alleviates the burden of saving and
recovering a large register set before and after the call in the

[1] https://clang.llvm.org/docs/AttributeReference.html#preserve-most

Use of this attribute results in better code generation for calls to
very rarely called functions, such as error-reporting functions, or
rarely executed slow paths.

Introduce the attribute to compiler_attributes.h.

Signed-off-by: Marco Elver <elver@xxxxxxxxxx>
include/linux/compiler_attributes.h | 11 +++++++++++
1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/linux/compiler_attributes.h b/include/linux/compiler_attributes.h
index 00efa35c350f..615a63ecfcf6 100644
--- a/include/linux/compiler_attributes.h
+++ b/include/linux/compiler_attributes.h
@@ -321,6 +321,17 @@
# define __pass_object_size(type)

+ * Optional: not supported by gcc.
+ *
+ * clang: https://clang.llvm.org/docs/AttributeReference.html#preserve-most
+ */
+#if __has_attribute(__preserve_most__)
+# define __preserve_most __attribute__((__preserve_most__))
+# define __preserve_most
* gcc: https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/Common-Function-Attributes.html#index-pure-function-attribute