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SubjectRe: CONFIG_TINY
On Thu, Oct 31, 2002 at 07:33:01AM -0700, Tom Rini wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 31, 2002 at 12:33:10AM -0500, Mark Mielke wrote:
> > On Wed, Oct 30, 2002 at 06:10:02PM -0700, Tom Rini wrote:
> > > On Thu, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:53:14AM +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > > > could you try to use "-Os" instead of "-O2" as gcc optimization option
> > > > when CONFIG_TINY is enabled? Something like the following (completely
> > > > untested) patch:
> > > -Os can produce larger binaries, keep in mind. If we're going to go
> > > this route, how about something generally useful, and allow for general
> > > optimization level / additional CFLAGS to be added.
> >
> > Sure CFLAGS should be configurable, but CONFIG_TINY should always prefer
> > -Os over -O2. From 'man gcc':
> >
> > -Os Optimize for size. -Os enables all -O2 optimizations that do not
> > typically increase code size. It also performs further optimiza-
> > tions designed to reduce code size.
> >
> > If gcc regularly generates larger code with -Os the answer is to talk to
> > the gcc people, not to avoid using -Os...
>
> It's not that it does regularly, it's that it can, and if it does, it's
> not really a gcc bug from what I recall. So I don't think CONFIG_TINY
> should prefer -Os over -O2 but instead we should just ask the user what
> level of optimization they want. Remember, one of the real important
> parts of embedded systems is flexibility.

Thank you. This is exactly why in the last CONFIG_TINY thread I made
it clear that a one-size-fits-all option is not all that helpful for
serious embedded systems designers.

Collecting these parameters in a single tweaks.h file and perhaps using
things like CONFIG_TINY, CONFIG_DESKTOP, CONFIG_FOO as profile selectors
into tweaks.h would be a lot more effective. His collection of
(hopefully) size-optimizing tweaks can all be selected via CONFIG_TINY,
but have them collected at a single point like tweaks.h such that they
can be individually modified by an end system integrator.

Regards,
--
Matt Porter
porter@cox.net
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