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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] x86: Don't include '-Wa,-' when building with Clang
On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 01:01:22PM -0700, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 10/23/18 11:40, Nick Desaulniers wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 10:11 PM Nadav Amit <> wrote:
> >>
> >> at 5:37 PM, Nathan Chancellor <> wrote:
> >>
> >> Commit 77b0bf55bc67 ("kbuild/Makefile: Prepare for using macros in
> >> inline assembly code to work around asm() related GCC inlining bugs")
> >> added this flag to KBUILD_CFLAGS, where it works perfectly fine with
> >> GCC. However, when building with Clang, all of the object files compile
> >> fine but the build hangs indefinitely at init/main.o, right before the
> >> linking stage. Don't include this flag when building with Clang.
> >>
> >> The kernel builds and boots to a shell in QEMU with both GCC and Clang
> >> with this patch applied.
> >>
> >> Link:;;sdata=shuxW81QRrO3TSqbgf462wgZYdLeAKeQEdGRxmnUX30%3D&amp;reserved=0
> >> Signed-off-by: Nathan Chancellor <>
> >> ---
> >>
> >> The reason this patch is labeled RFC is while I can verify that this
> >> fixes the issue, I'm not entirely sure why the '-Wa,-' works for GCC
> >> and not Clang. I looked into what the flag means and I couldn't really
> >> find anything so I just assume it's taking input from stdin? The issue
> >> could stem from how GCC forks gas versus how Clang does it. If this
> >> isn't of concern and the maintainers are happy with this patch as is,
> >> feel free to take it.
> >>
> Perhaps someone could actually, you know, time the build and see how
> much -pipe actually matters, if at all?
> -hpa

Thank you for the suggestion! With the attached diff for removing
'-pipe' and 'make -j1' with defconfig (just to make sure any variance
would stand out), here are my results:

-pipe (GCC):

real 15m55.202s
user 14m17.748s
sys 1m47.496s

No -pipe (GCC):

real 16m4.430s
user 14m16.277s
sys 1m46.604s

-pipe (Clang):

real 21m26.016s
user 19m21.722s
sys 2m2.606s

No -pipe (Clang):

real 21m27.822s
user 19m22.092s
sys 2m4.151s

Certainly seems like -pipe doesn't make a ton of difference. If this is
a better fix, I am happy to draft up a proper commit message and send
it out for review.


diff --git a/arch/x86/Makefile b/arch/x86/Makefile
index 73f4831283ac..672c689c1faa 100644
--- a/arch/x86/Makefile
+++ b/arch/x86/Makefile
@@ -213,8 +213,6 @@ ifdef CONFIG_X86_64
KBUILD_LDFLAGS += $(call ld-option, -z max-page-size=0x200000)

-# Speed up the build
# Workaround for a gcc prelease that unfortunately was shipped in a suse release
KBUILD_CFLAGS += -Wno-sign-compare
@@ -239,7 +237,7 @@ archheaders:
$(Q)$(MAKE) $(build)=arch/x86/kernel arch/x86/kernel/macros.s

-ASM_MACRO_FLAGS = -Wa,arch/x86/kernel/macros.s -Wa,-
+ASM_MACRO_FLAGS = -Wa,arch/x86/kernel/macros.s
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