[webkit-dev] Removing support for the RVCT compiler

Joe Mason jmason at rim.com
Mon Dec 12 07:18:23 PST 2011

Yes, Blackberry uses RVCT (4.1 currently, so I believe 2.2 workarounds can be removed from our point of view.)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: webkit-dev-bounces at lists.webkit.org [mailto:webkit-dev-
> bounces at lists.webkit.org] On Behalf Of Simon Hausmann
> Sent: Monday, December 12, 2011 6:47 AM
> To: webkit-dev at lists.webkit.org
> Subject: Re: [webkit-dev] Removing support for the RVCT compiler
> On Sunday, December 11, 2011 02:55:40 AM ext Andreas Kling wrote:
> > Hola WebKittens!
> >
> > Are there any objections to removing support for the RVCT compiler
> (ARM
> > RealView) in WebKit? As far as I know, the only user has been the
> Symbian
> > port which is no longer present on WebKit trunk.
> I believe some other folks (Brew? Blackberry?) have been compiling
> WebKit with
> RVCT. Generally speaking I think it's a pretty decent compiler provided
> a
> recent version is used. There are versions available for Linux for
> example, so
> it's not a Symbian specific compiler at all.
> The Qt builds were largely based on RVCT 2.2, which had its fair share
> of
> issues (not as bad as WINSCW though). I believe the majority of
> compiler
> workarounds in WebKit related to RVCT are because of this ancient
> version.
> I think any RVCT related compiler workarounds could probably be
> removed,
> because there's a very high chance that they're due to 2.2. But I think
> if
> COMPILER(RVCT) is kept, then I can imagine that it would require very
> little
> maintenance to keep supporting it.
> (Interestingly enough grep in WebCore doesn't show anything RVCT
> related, only
> JavaScriptCore seems to have some serious workarounds for it)
> Simon
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