[PATCH 1/1] powerpc: crtsaveres.o needed only when -Os flag is enabled

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Wed Apr 30 15:14:54 EST 2014

On Tue, 2014-04-29 at 10:38 -0500, Brian W Hart wrote:

> >  CHECKFLAGS	+= -m$(CONFIG_WORD_SIZE) -D__powerpc__ -D__powerpc$(CONFIG_WORD_SIZE)__
> >  
> >  KBUILD_LDFLAGS_MODULE += arch/powerpc/lib/crtsavres.o
> > +endif
> > +
> >  
> >  # No AltiVec or VSX instructions when building kernel
> >  KBUILD_CFLAGS += $(call cc-option,-mno-altivec)
> I didn't try building a kernel or in-tree modules, but I confirmed
> that it allows building of out-of-tree modules when crtsavres.o is
> not present (e.g. as for a distro install where the kernel headers
> are provided by package, rather than being manually prepared from
> the sources).
> Tested-by: Brian W Hart <hartb at linux.vnet.ibm.com>

I still don't like it. What guarantee do we have that gcc will never
call into this with other optimisation settings ? It might decide
one day that calling out for saving a large pile of registers
is still more efficient than unrolling the whole lot, including
for speed.

Besides that doesn't fix the root problem. We want to be able to
build the kernel with CONFIG_CC_OPTIMIZE_FOR_SIZE and still have

So a better solution needs to be found. I don't know what that
solution is (we might want to look at what other archs are doing
maybe ?), could be to include crtsaveres.S in the build of every
module (we really don't want to EXPORT_SYMBOL these guys), but
that would mean having it installed somewhere with the kernel
headers for out-of-tree modules...

If necessary, involve lkml, Rusty etc... but this patch is crap.


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