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Re: [PATCH v2] Revert "target/mips: Deprecate nanoMIPS ISA"

From: Philippe Mathieu-Daudé
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] Revert "target/mips: Deprecate nanoMIPS ISA"
Date: Tue, 20 Apr 2021 18:47:36 +0200
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On 4/20/21 6:06 PM, Aleksandar Rikalo wrote:
> Hi Philippe,
>> The plan is to drop the nanoMIPS disassembler because it is broken
>> since more than 2 years and nobody ever cared to fix it after Stefan's
>> attempt in Nov 2018:
>> https://www.mail-archive.com/qemu-devel@nongnu.org/msg576504.html
>> So it is certainly unused. Unused unmaintained code has a cost and
>> negative impact to the generic project development.
> How do you conclude it is broken ? It seems to work well.
> Aleksandar Markovic did few fixes during 2019.

One community user tried it, reported a bug which got never
fixed. This means the code is not used by the mainstream community,
but is a burden for maintenance.

> NanoMIPS needs disassembler, like other architectures...

I totally agreed, but we need a working disassembler; this is why
I started looking for other alternatives (binutils libopcodes or
capstone) and realized nanoMIPS toolchain was never upstreamed,
so started the deprecation process.

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