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Subject[PATCH] Documentation: note that KCOV is supported since gcc 4.5
Now that we have gcc plugins and in particular sancov plugin,
KCOV can be used with gcc 4.5+. Note this in the docs.

I've tested CONFIG_KCOV with gcc 4.8.4 (stock for ubuntu 14.04)
and it works. It even emits very comparable number of coverage
callbacks: 420153 vs 422211 for gcc 7.0.

Cc: Jonathan Corbet <>
Cc: Andrew Morton <>
Cc: Kees Cook <>
Cc: Vegard Nossum <>
Signed-off-by: Dmitry Vyukov <>
Documentation/dev-tools/kcov.rst | 4 +++-
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Documentation/dev-tools/kcov.rst b/Documentation/dev-tools/kcov.rst
index 2c41b71..50d515a 100644
--- a/Documentation/dev-tools/kcov.rst
+++ b/Documentation/dev-tools/kcov.rst
@@ -19,7 +19,9 @@ Configure the kernel with::


-CONFIG_KCOV requires gcc built on revision 231296 or later.
+CONFIG_KCOV is natively supported by gcc 6.0+ (revision 231296) via
+-fsanitize-coverage=trace-pc flag. gcc 4.5+ supports CONFIG_KCOV with plugins
+(see Documentation/gcc-plugins.txt and CONFIG_GCC_PLUGIN_SANCOV).
Profiling data will only become accessible once debugfs has been mounted::

mount -t debugfs none /sys/kernel/debug
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