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Subjectkbuild: Fail if gold linker is detected
The gold linker has known issues of failing the build in random and
predictible ways. H.J. stated:

"Since building a workable kernel for different kernel configurations
isn't a requirement for gold, I don't recommend gold for kernel."

So instead of dealing with attempts to duct tape gold support without
understanding the root cause, fail the build when gold is detected.

Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
scripts/Kconfig.include | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

--- a/scripts/Kconfig.include
+++ b/scripts/Kconfig.include
@@ -35,5 +35,8 @@ ld-option = $(success,$(LD) -v $(1))
$(error-if,$(failure,command -v $(CC)),compiler '$(CC)' not found)
$(error-if,$(failure,command -v $(LD)),linker '$(LD)' not found)

+# Fail if the linker is gold as it's not capable of linking the kernel proper
+$(error-if,$(success, command -v $(LD) -v | grep -q gold), gold linker '$(LD)' not supported)
# gcc version including patch level
gcc-version := $(shell,$(srctree)/scripts/ $(CC))
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