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SubjectRe: [2.6 patch] add an -Os config option
Timothy Miller wrote:

> Furthermore, it may be that we could benefit from compiling some source
> files with -Os and others with -O2, depending on how critical they are
> and how much they are ACTUALLY affected.

At one time last year, there was a brief discussion about modifying
the kernel's build process to make it build whole directories of
sources as a single "compilation unit". As I remember, this allowed
the compiler to make better decisions about how to organize the
resulting code, what to keep/discard, optimization, etc.

With the simplifications that have already occurred in the 2.6
makefiles, it seems to me that this would be an easier thing to do now
(as opposed to the old makefiles where the build process had a harder
time figuring out what source files were going to end up in the same
object file). Now that kbuild always builds "built-on.o" in each
source directory, could it perform that step by actually feeding gcc
all the relevant source files in some combined form?

Granted, this is not something you'd want to use during debugging of
kernel code, it would only be relevant for those trying to minimize
their kernel size and/or get the last possible bits of speed out of
the running kernel.

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