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    SubjectRe: GCC 3.4 and broken inlining.
    On Fri, Jul 09, 2004 at 06:51:46AM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
    > Nigel Cunningham <> writes:
    > I think a better solution would be to apply the appended patch
    > And then just mark the function you know needs to be inlined
    > as __always_inline__. I did this on x86-64 for some functions
    > too that need to be always inlined (although using the attribute
    > directly because all x86-64 compilers support it)
    > The rationale is that the inlining algorithm in gcc 3.4+ is quite
    > a lot better and actually eliminates some not-so-great inlining
    > we had in the past and makes the kernel a bit smaller.

    Making the kernel a bit smaller is a small improvement.

    Runtime errors caused with gcc 3.4 are IMHO much worse than such a small
    improvement or three dozen compile errors with gcc 3.4 .

    The effect of your patch with gcc 3.4 would be nearly:
    Ignore all old inlines and add something new that does what inline
    did before.

    Wouldn't it be a better solution if you would audit the existing inlines
    in the kernel for abuse of inline and fix those instead?

    > -Andi
    > P.S.: compiler.h seems to be not "gcc 4.0 safe". Probably that needs
    > to be fixed too.

    My copy of compiler.h says:

    <-- snip -->

    #if __GNUC__ > 3
    # include <linux/compiler-gcc+.h> /* catch-all for GCC 4, 5, etc. */

    <-- snip -->

    What exactly is wrong with this?



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