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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Use -fno-unit-at-a-time if gcc supports it
> > How much work would be to fix kernel in this regard?
>
> The big problem is that -funit-at-a-time is not widely used yet,
> so even if we fix the kernel at some point it would likely
> get broken again all the time by people who use older kernels
> (= most kernel developers currently)
>
> > Are there some cases where this is esential? Kernel would be nice
> > target to whole program optimization and GCC is not that far from it
> > right now.
>
> I'm not sure that is that good an idea. When I was still hacking
> TCP I especially moved some stuff out-of-line in the fast path to avoid
> register pressure. Otherwise gcc would inline rarely used sub functions
> and completely mess up the register allocation in the fast path.
> Of course just a call alone messes up the registers somewhat because
> of its clobbers, but a full inlining is usually worse.

You can use -O2 and rely on inline done by hand. I can add option
-fno-inline-functions-called-once. That should avoid such a problems.
Anyway it would be nice to mark functions that exist for this reason by
noinline attribute so compiler knows about it, but that is different
story.
>
> Also I fear cross module inlining would expose a lot of latent bugs
> (missing barriers etc.) when the optimizer becomes more aggressive.
> I'm not saying this would be a bad thing, just that it may be a lot
> of work to fix (both for compiler and kernel people)

Some of this should be already tested by folks using Intel compiler I
would hope.

Honza
>
> -Andi
>
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