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Subject[PATCH] scripts/Kbuild.include: Fix portability problem of "echo -e"
"echo -e" is a GNU extension. When cross-compiling the kernel on a
BSD-like operating system (Mac OS X in my case), this doesn't work.

One could install a GNU version of echo, put that in the $PATH before
the system echo and use "/usr/bin/env echo", but the solution with
printf is simpler.

Since it is no disadvantage on Linux, I hope that gets accepted even if
cross-compiling the Linux kernel on another Unix operating system is
quite a rare use case.

Signed-off-by: Bernhard Walle <>
scripts/Kbuild.include | 2 +-
1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/scripts/Kbuild.include b/scripts/Kbuild.include
index d897278..6a3ee98 100644
--- a/scripts/Kbuild.include
+++ b/scripts/Kbuild.include
@@ -104,7 +104,7 @@ as-option = $(call try-run,\
# Usage: cflags-y += $(call as-instr,instr,option1,option2)

as-instr = $(call try-run,\
- /bin/echo -e "$(1)" | $(CC) $(KBUILD_AFLAGS) -c -xassembler -o "$$TMP" -,$(2),$(3))
+ printf "%b\n" "$(1)" | $(CC) $(KBUILD_AFLAGS) -c -xassembler -o "$$TMP" -,$(2),$(3))

# cc-option
# Usage: cflags-y += $(call cc-option,-march=winchip-c6,-march=i586)

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