16-bit code and L4

Valery V. Sedletski _valerius at mail.ru
Wed Jun 20 16:55:24 CEST 2007

>>> 2) Must all the segment registers be CS == DS == ES == FS == GS == SS == FLAT in L4 usermode 
>programs (in Intel 
>>> architecture implementation)? Or, there exist a possibility to use segments other than FLAT?
>>Fiasco preserves some of these segments (e.g., GS to support thread 
>>local storage). However, unless OS/2 makes use of these segments in 
>>32-bit mode there is no need to change these from a flat setting.
>It seems, that OS/2 does not use GS (GS seems to be always == 0), at least, in application programs.

But also FS is used to address a structure named Thread Info Block (TIB), it is also not flat (it has a limit=0x30)
So, FS is used by OS/2 and programs depend on it. GS seems to be not used, and ES and DS are generally 

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