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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ia64: minor Makefile simplification through use of cc-ifversion
On Fri, Jul 24, 2009 at 11:23:11AM -0700, Frans Pop wrote:
> On Friday 24 July 2009, Peter Chubb wrote:
> > >>>>> "Sam" == Sam Ravnborg <> writes:
> > Sam> The above change is correct. But I really wonder if the original
> > Sam> code was correct? Do we really only want to use the -mtune
> > Sam> options for this specific gcc version? If this is indeed the
> > Sam> case this deserves a comment explaning this.
> >
> > I suspect it should be all compilers after this one. -mtune=mckinley
> > didn't work very well in the early gcc 3 compilers and didn't exist in
> > version 2.
> How would you like to handle that? As it is essentially a separate issue,
> my suggestion would be: apply my patch as is and then (if needed) commit
> a separate patch to fix the incorrect comparisons on top.

Between GCC version 3.4.0 and 4.3.3 (including 3.4.0 and 4.3.3), -mtune=merced is
implemented in GCC. Starting from 4.4.0, -mtune=merced is deprecated.

Even implemented in versions between 3.4.0 and 4.3.3, the -mtune=merced
feature has been broken in some of the versions. For example, GCC 4.1.2 reports
interanl tuning function errors during kernel building with -mtune=merced. Or GCC
Bugzilla 16130 reports another -mtune=merced issue on GCC 3.4.1.

So I would remove the -mtune=merced from IA64 kernel build. Without this option,
kernel on Merced will remain the same except losing an unstable and out-of-date
performance tunning feature.

Since GCC version 3.4.0, -mtune=mckinley has been implemented. The
-mtune=mckinley option functions the same as mtune=itanium2. And mtune=itanium2
is the default option. So we don't need to add mtune=mckinley either since its
been the default option in any GCC version which implements this option.

Signed-off-by: Fenghua Yu <>

arch/ia64/Makefile | 5 -----
1 files changed, 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/ia64/Makefile b/arch/ia64/Makefile
index 58a7e46..e7cbaa0 100644
--- a/arch/ia64/Makefile
+++ b/arch/ia64/Makefile
@@ -41,11 +41,6 @@ $(error Sorry, you need a newer version of the assember, one that is built from

-ifeq ($(call cc-version),0304)
- cflags-$(CONFIG_ITANIUM) += -mtune=merced
- cflags-$(CONFIG_MCKINLEY) += -mtune=mckinley
KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(cflags-y)
head-y := arch/ia64/kernel/head.o arch/ia64/kernel/init_task.o

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