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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kbuild: reuse vmlinux.o in vmlinux_link
On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 7:08 AM Kees Cook <keescook@chromium.org> wrote:
>
> On Thu, May 21, 2020 at 01:27:16PM -0700, Sami Tolvanen wrote:
> > Instead of linking all compilation units again each time vmlinux_link is
> > called, reuse vmlinux.o from modpost_link.
> >
> > With x86_64 allyesconfig, vmlinux_link is called three times and reusing
> > vmlinux.o reduces the build time ~38 seconds on my system (59% reduction
> > in the time spent in vmlinux_link).
>
> Nice! Any time savings at final link is a big cumulative win.
>
> > Signed-off-by: Sami Tolvanen <samitolvanen@google.com>
> > ---
> > scripts/link-vmlinux.sh | 5 +----
> > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 4 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/scripts/link-vmlinux.sh b/scripts/link-vmlinux.sh
> > index d09ab4afbda4..c6cc4305950c 100755
> > --- a/scripts/link-vmlinux.sh
> > +++ b/scripts/link-vmlinux.sh
> > @@ -77,11 +77,8 @@ vmlinux_link()
> >
> > if [ "${SRCARCH}" != "um" ]; then
> > objects="--whole-archive \
> > - ${KBUILD_VMLINUX_OBJS} \
> > + vmlinux.o \
> > --no-whole-archive \
> > - --start-group \
> > - ${KBUILD_VMLINUX_LIBS} \
> > - --end-group \
> > ${@}"
> >
> > ${LD} ${KBUILD_LDFLAGS} ${LDFLAGS_vmlinux} \
>
> I think the "um" case can be updated as well too, yes?

I agree.

I changed the um part, then ARCH=um build is successful.







> Also, I think the comment above modpost_link() needs to be updated now
> to reflect the nature of how vmlinux.o gets used after this patch.
>
> --
> Kees Cook



--
Best Regards
Masahiro Yamada

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