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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Built kernel without -O2 option
Am 29.11.2010 09:16, schrieb Américo Wang:
> On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 11:56:15AM +0800, Hui Zhu wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Now, there are a lot of ways to debug the Linux kernel with GDB, like
>> qemu, kgtp or kgdb and so on.
>> But the developer more like add a printk. It have a lot of reason, a big one is:
>> (gdb) p ret
>> $3 = <value optimized out>
>> And the code execution order is not right.
>> This is becuase the Kernel is bult with gcc -O2. Gcc will not
>> generate enough debug message with file with -O2.
>> So GDB cannot work very well with Linux kernel.
>> So I make a patch that add a option in "Kernel hacking" called "Close
>> GCC optimization". It will make kernel be built without -O2.
>> I built and use it in i386 and x86_64. I will try to make it OK in other arch.
> The problem is that some functions _have to_ be inlined and gcc without -O2
> doesn't inline them. Have check all the cases? I doubt.

In essence -O2 just tells gcc to activate a list of optimizations
gcc -Q -O2 --help=optimizers
tells you what.

So what about making this patch much smaller by explicitely using the optimizations
that are absolutely necessary?
-finline-small-functions -finline-functions-called-once
(what else do we need?)

We might even be able to collapse this with the optimize for size option,
by providing a Kconfig entry that allows to choose between

-O0 -finline-small-functions -finline-functions-called-once
-O1 -finline-small-functions -finline-functions-called-once

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