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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] x86: Don't include '-Wa,-' when building with Clang
On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 2:58 PM Nathan Chancellor
<natechancellor@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> 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 <namit@vmware.com> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> at 5:37 PM, Nathan Chancellor <natechancellor@gmail.com> 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: https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fgithub.com%2FClangBuiltLinux%2Flinux%2Fissues%2F213&amp;data=02%7C01%7Cnamit%40vmware.com%7C871daebc2ca44947d28d08d638811fb5%7Cb39138ca3cee4b4aa4d6cd83d9dd62f0%7C1%7C0%7C636758524579997650&amp;sdata=shuxW81QRrO3TSqbgf462wgZYdLeAKeQEdGRxmnUX30%3D&amp;reserved=0
> > >> Signed-off-by: Nathan Chancellor <natechancellor@gmail.com>
> > >> ---
> > >>
> > >> 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

Looks like Clang eats `-pipe`:
https://github.com/llvm-mirror/clang/blob/391667a023f79287f9c40868f34f08c161555556/lib/Driver/Driver.cpp#L962
commit r110007 has the log:
Driver: Start ripping out support for -pipe, which is worthless
and complicates
too many other things.

>
> 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)
> endif
>
> -# Speed up the build
> -KBUILD_CFLAGS += -pipe
> # Workaround for a gcc prelease that unfortunately was shipped in a suse release
> KBUILD_CFLAGS += -Wno-sign-compare
> #
> @@ -239,7 +237,7 @@ archheaders:
> archmacros:
> $(Q)$(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
> export ASM_MACRO_FLAGS
> KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(ASM_MACRO_FLAGS)
>


--
Thanks,
~Nick Desaulniers

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