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    Subject[PATCH] RFC: fs to be compiled with -Dlinux
    I dunno how to solve this problem the real way or if I'm just doing
    something idiotic. I'm using a vanilla GCC "arm-none-eabi-gcc" not
    targeted at any specific OS so the environment variable "linux" is
    not set. Then I try to compile an arch that by default wants to
    generate an a.out image, actually mach-rpc (Acorn RISC PC) from
    rpc_defconfig. (This is the grandfather in arch/arm/* if I'm not

    Without this patch that currently fails like this with a "none"

    CC fs/binfmt_aout.o
    /home/elinwal/linux/fs/binfmt_aout.c: In function 'load_aout_binary':
    /home/elinwal/linux/fs/binfmt_aout.c:256: error: 'SEGMENT_SIZE' undeclared (first use in this function)
    /home/elinwal/linux/fs/binfmt_aout.c:256: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
    /home/elinwal/linux/fs/binfmt_aout.c:256: error: for each function it appears in.)
    make[3]: *** [fs/binfmt_aout.o] Error 1
    make[2]: *** [fs] Error 2

    However the kernel compilation process in fs/binmft_aout.c require
    SEGMENT_SIZE which is in turn defined in <linux/a.out.h> like this:

    #ifdef linux
    #ifdef __KERNEL__
    #include <asm/page.h>
    #include <unistd.h>
    #if defined(__i386__) || defined(__mc68000__)
    #define SEGMENT_SIZE 1024
    #ifndef SEGMENT_SIZE
    #ifdef __KERNEL__
    #define SEGMENT_SIZE getpagesize()

    I don't know what the intent of all the pre-git
    specific-machine detection code surrounding this statement
    is, sorry I'm too young and naive. I don't dare to just delete
    it though since it looks like stuff some userspace programs may
    depend on, or intended for cross-compilation somekindof or

    Instead I chicken out and stick -Dlinux into the fs
    Makefile, since that sure as hell cannot get the definition
    of SEGMENT_SIZE from any other place than this file.

    That doesn't feel good either, so: help.

    Signed-off-by: Linus Walleij <>
    fs/Makefile | 7 ++++++-
    1 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

    diff --git a/fs/Makefile b/fs/Makefile
    index d2c3353..128debc 100644
    --- a/fs/Makefile
    +++ b/fs/Makefile
    @@ -3,7 +3,12 @@
    # 14 Sep 2000, Christoph Hellwig <>
    # Rewritten to use lists instead of if-statements.
    +# binfmt_aout includes <linux/a.out.h> which requires that the compiler
    +# defines "linux" to provide SEGMENT_SIZE and such things for the kernel
    +# compilation
    +ccflags-y := -Dlinux

    obj-y := open.o read_write.o file_table.o super.o \
    char_dev.o stat.o exec.o pipe.o namei.o fcntl.o \

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