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Subject[PATCH v2] kbuild: Fail if gold linker is detected
The gold linker has known issues of failing the build both in random and in
predictible ways:

- The x86/X32 VDSO build fails with:

arch/x86/entry/vdso/vclock_gettime-x32.o:vclock_gettime.c:function do_hres:
error: relocation overflow: reference to 'hvclock_page'

That's a known issue for years and the usual workaround is to disable

- A recent build failure is caused by turning a relocation into an
absolute one for unknown reasons. See link below.

- There are a couple of gold workarounds applied already, but reports
about broken builds with keep coming in on a regular base and in
most cases the root cause is unclear.

In context of the most recent fail 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 and without support from the gold folks, fail
the build when gold is detected.

Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
Acked-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <>
V2: Better changelog
Use the proper check as pointed out by Nathan
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, $(LD) -v | grep -q gold), gold linker '$(LD)' not supported)
# gcc version including patch level
gcc-version := $(shell,$(srctree)/scripts/ $(CC))
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