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SubjectRE: [PATCH] objtool: Don't use -Werror
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From: Luis Ressel
> Sent: 05 April 2019 17:06
> On Fri, Apr 05, 2019 at 09:39:26AM -0500, Josh Poimboeuf wrote:
>
> > Hm, I would actually argue the reverse. Warnings are generally bad and
> > -Werror is useful for ensuring that we don't have any. For warnings
> > that don't provide value, we just disable those individual warnings.
>
> Sure, during development it's an excellent idea to investigate compiler
> warnings, and -Werror can be useful for that. But the Linux kernel is
> built by countless users in wildly varying environments, and it's almost
> a given that someone will use a compiler that'll complain about a valid
> part of your code whose style it considers bad.
>
> As an example, the warning that's breaking the build for me is -Wundef
> complaining about several "#if UNDEFINED_IDENTIFIER" constructs in the
> libelf headers. (I agree with gcc in considering this bad style, but
> it's perfectly valid C, and there probably wasn't a warning about it
> back when this header was written.)

In which case you should be looking at a way of removing -Wundef
not removing -Werror.

FWIW I had to update libelf.so from version 0.153 to 0.165 in
order for the amd64 orc unwinder code in objtool to not generate
corrupt output files.
That is an Ubuntu 13.04 system - nothing like 10 years old.

David

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