[PATCH] powerpc: remove meaningless KBUILD_ARFLAGS addition

Masahiro Yamada yamada.masahiro at socionext.com
Mon Jul 15 22:03:46 AEST 2019

On Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 4:30 PM Segher Boessenkool
<segher at kernel.crashing.org> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 05:05:34PM +1000, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> > Segher Boessenkool <segher at kernel.crashing.org> writes:
> > > Yes, that is why I used the environment variable, all binutils work
> > > with that.  There was no --target option in GNU ar before 2.22.

I use binutils 2.30
It does not understand --target option.

$ powerpc-linux-ar --version
GNU ar (GNU Binutils) 2.30
Copyright (C) 2018 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
This program is free software; you may redistribute it under the terms of
the GNU General Public License version 3 or (at your option) any later version.
This program has absolutely no warranty.

If I give --target=elf$(BITS)-$(GNUTARGET) option, I see this:
powerpc-linux-ar: -t: No such file or directory

> > Yeah, we're not very good at testing with really old binutils, so I
> > guess we broke that.
> >
> > I'm inclined to merge this, it doesn't seem to break anything, and it
> > fixes using --target on old binutils that don't have it.
> But we don't set the target any other way either.  I don't think this
> will work with a 32-bit toolchain (default target 32 bit) and a 64-bit
> kernel, or the other way around.
> Then again, does that work at *all* nowadays?  Do we even consider that
> important, *should* it work?

Let me confirm if I understood this discussion.

[1] KBUILD_ARFLAGS += --target=elf$(BITS)-$(GNUTARGET)
    is pointless since it is always overridden by another
    KBUILD_ARFLAGS assignment.

[2] If we stop overriding it, it would cause build errors.
    So, --target is not only useless, but it is rather harmful.

So, we all agreed with this patch, right?

We are discussing whether or not to revive
in a *separate* patch, correct?

Best Regards
Masahiro Yamada

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