Closed Bug 909922 Opened 6 years ago Closed 6 years ago

don't pragma pack ipc message headers


(Core :: IPC, defect)

Not set





(Reporter: froydnj, Unassigned)



(1 file)

The IPC::Message header is surrounded by:

#pragma pack(push,2)
#pragma pack(pop)

which (at least on GCC) specifies that structure members defined lexically
within the pragma should be two-byte aligned, rather than the ABI's declared

But for IPC::Message::Header, this is a silly requirement, as everything there
is four bytes; there's no reason to pack the members any tighter.  And packing
tighter means that strict alignment platforms (like ARM) need to use more
complex code for something as simple as storing to one of the members--like
when we set a message's request ID, over and over and over.  The current code
for setting a message's request ID on ARM looks like:

     264:	6863      	ldr	r3, [r4, #4]
     266:	696a      	ldr	r2, [r5, #20]
     268:	809a      	strh	r2, [r3, #4]
     26a:	0c12      	lsrs	r2, r2, #16
     26c:	80da      	strh	r2, [r3, #6]

With the patch, it looks like:

     264:	6863      	ldr	r3, [r4, #4]
     266:	696a      	ldr	r2, [r5, #20]
     268:	605a      	str	r2, [r3, #4]

Only four bytes, but multiplied over several hundred set_routing_id calls, it
saves some code size and runtime.  I verified that the header's length doesn't
change by looking at debug information.
See comment 0 or the commit message for a description of the problem.
Attachment #796244 - Flags: review?(bent.mozilla)
Comment on attachment 796244 [details] [diff] [review]
don't pragma pack ipc message headers

Review of attachment 796244 [details] [diff] [review]:

Awesome, thanks!
Attachment #796244 - Flags: review?(bent.mozilla) → review+
Closed: 6 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Target Milestone: --- → mozilla26
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