[PATCH] compiler: allow all arches to enable CONFIG_OPTIMIZE_INLINING

Masahiro Yamada yamada.masahiro at socionext.com
Mon Mar 25 17:41:40 AEDT 2019

Hi Heiko,

On Thu, Mar 21, 2019 at 5:02 PM Heiko Carstens
<heiko.carstens at de.ibm.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 03:20:27PM +0900, Masahiro Yamada wrote:
> > Commit 60a3cdd06394 ("x86: add optimized inlining") introduced
> > CONFIG_OPTIMIZE_INLINING, but it has been available only for x86.
> >
> > The idea is obviously arch-agnostic although we need some code fixups.
> > This commit moves the config entry from arch/x86/Kconfig.debug to
> > lib/Kconfig.debug so that all architectures (except MIPS for now) can
> > benefit from it.
> >
> > At this moment, I added "depends on !MIPS" because fixing 0day bot reports
> > for MIPS was complex to me.
> >
> > I tested this patch on my arm/arm64 boards.
> >
> > This can make a huge difference in kernel image size especially when
> >
> > For example, I got 3.5% smaller arm64 kernel image for v5.1-rc1.
> >
> >   dec       file
> >   18983424  arch/arm64/boot/Image.before
> >   18321920  arch/arm64/boot/Image.after
> Well, this will change, since now people (have to) start adding
> __always_inline annotations on all architectures, most likely until
> all have about the same amount of annotations like x86. This will
> reduce the benefit.

If people start to replace inline with __always_inline here and there,
yes, the difference will be reduced.

Perhaps, we might end up with fixing dozens of places or so,
but I guess we would still get benefit.

> Not sure if it's really a win that we get the inline vs
> __always_inline discussion now on all architectures.

This feature is not x86-specific.

I prefer "do it for all arches or don't do it at all"
instead of the half-baked state.

If we force inlining for the 'inline' marker
there is no point of having __always_inline.

Best Regards
Masahiro Yamada

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