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SubjectRe: 2.6.24-rc1-82798a1 compile failure (x86_64)
Adrian Bunk wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 04, 2007 at 05:19:45PM +0100, Giacomo Catenazzi wrote:
>> Adrian Bunk wrote:
>>> On Sun, Nov 04, 2007 at 02:31:33AM -0800, David Miller wrote:
>>>> From: Ingo Molnar <>
>>>> Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 11:04:29 +0100
>>>>> * Adrian Bunk <> wrote:
>>>>>> I also have CFLAGS set on some computers in my environments since for
>>>>>> packages using GNU autoconf that's the correct way to set the compiler
>>>>>> flags.
>>>>>> The kernel already sets all flags correctly, and a user wanting to
>>>>>> change the flags for the kernel is an exception with very special needs
>>>>>> (I'd even claim so special that he could simply edit the Makefile...).
>>>> ...
>>>>> At minimum the extra CFLAGS needs to be put into the .config - but
>>>>> that's not a too nice solution either. How about just adding an
>>>>> extra-CFLAGS option to .config and perhaps a 'make configpickupCFLAGS'
>>>>> pass for anyone who wants to propagate the environment CFLAGS into the
>>>>> kernel build.
>>>> I totally disagree.
>>>> People can't have it both ways. CFLAGS has global meaning in every
>>>> Makefile based build tree, it's not an "autoconf" thing. This is well
>>>> established practice, and I think it's a good thing the kernel does it
>>>> now too.
>>> Makefiles do normally not pick such variables from the environment.
>> ????
>> Are you sure???
>> From
>> : Variables in make can come from the environment in which make
>> : is run. Every environment variable that make sees when it starts
>> : up is transformed into a make variable with the same name and
>> : value.
>> and most important:
>> : Thus, by setting the variable CFLAGS in your environment, you
>> : can cause all C compilations in most makefiles to use the
>> : compiler switches you prefer. This is safe for variables with
>> : standard or conventional meanings because you know that no
>> : makefile will use them for other things. (Note this is not
>> : totally reliable; some makefiles set CFLAGS explicitly and
>> : therefore are not affected by the value in the environment.)
> Thanks for the correction, I had forgotten about the case where a
> Makefile does not set CFLAGS at all.
> But the main point that stuff like e.g. -I/usr/local/dist/include that
> might in some environments be correct for all and required for most
> userspace software should not leak into the kernel still stands.

Yes, you are right.
Kernel uses the gcc in "freestanding" mode, so I think we should
eventually share the compiler options and environment only with
other freestanding programs (aka: none).

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