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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Built kernel without -O2 option
On Mon, Nov 29, 2010 at 17:59, Andi Kleen <> wrote:
> Hui Zhu <> writes:
>> 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.
> Really the right place to fix a lot of this would be gcc (and perhaps
> gdb). I suspect with some careful work the debugging experience
> for -O2 could be improved a lot.
> I also believe the latest gccs already have improvements in this area.

If you think they are OK, go get a new gcc and try. :)

>> 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.
> You need to at least keep aggressive inlining for header files,
> otherwise there will be too much code bloat and bad code.
> Like -O1 -finline-functions ?

If I can build OK, why I need add some options?

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