stupid newbie question

Robert Connolly robert at
Sat Jul 30 11:54:44 PDT 2005

On July 30, 2005 11:13 am, Jaap Struyk wrote:
> Can you explain the (un)zip assembly tweeks maybe (they are not (yet) in
> the book)?

In the makefile find the -DASM parts in the cflags and remove them.

> And why do some apps need to disable mmx? (or did I fully understand you
> wrong on that?)

Assembly can be recoded to be position independent code (pic), but often it is 
coded for performance instead. In graphical applications I noticed mmx 
assembly is quite often not position independent, but sometimes it can be. 

x86 doesn't require shared libraries to be pic, even though they're supposed 
to be. Sharable code = position independent. This is needed to use shared 
memory. Sometimes programmers decide performance is more important than 
shared memory (and standards). On some architectures they can't get away with 


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