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Subject[PATCH] kbuild: avoid static_assert for genksyms
From: Arnd Bergmann <>

genksyms does not know or care about the _Static_assert() built-in,
and sometimes falls back to ignoring the later symbols, which causes
undefined behavior such as

WARNING: modpost: EXPORT symbol "ethtool_set_ethtool_phy_ops" [vmlinux] version generation failed, symbol will not be versioned.
ld: net/ethtool/common.o: relocation R_AARCH64_ABS32 against `__crc_ethtool_set_ethtool_phy_ops' can not be used when making a shared object
net/ethtool/common.o:(_ftrace_annotated_branch+0x0): dangerous relocation: unsupported relocation

Redefine static_assert for genksyms to avoid that.

Suggested-by: Ard Biesheuvel <>
Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <>
include/linux/build_bug.h | 5 +++++
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/linux/build_bug.h b/include/linux/build_bug.h
index e3a0be2c90ad..7bb66e15b481 100644
--- a/include/linux/build_bug.h
+++ b/include/linux/build_bug.h
@@ -77,4 +77,9 @@
#define static_assert(expr, ...) __static_assert(expr, ##__VA_ARGS__, #expr)
#define __static_assert(expr, msg, ...) _Static_assert(expr, msg)

+#ifdef __GENKSYMS__
+/* genksyms gets confused by _Static_assert */
+#define _Static_assert(expr, ...)
#endif /* _LINUX_BUILD_BUG_H */
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