Re: [PATCH] Make alignment cflags configurable.

From: Jan-Simon Moeller
Date: Wed Aug 12 2015 - 18:32:11 EST

Hi all!

> You could mention that this is to fix the clang build. But why is it
> needed? It isn't that clang just doesn't accept the option, is it?
> Otherwise we could just use $(call cc-option, -falign-jumps=1) etc.

Yes it is to fix the build with clang.
I tried cc-option, but it does not improve the situation (more below).
This is why I chose the config option approach in the patch.

> Did you get to the bottom of the clang failure here? Just turning this
> off without a coherent explanation doesn't seem like the right thing to
> do.

I know it is not the final solution which is why I turned it into a config
option. We can still debate if default should be "y" or "n". This way we all
can proceed.

@Ingo: would it be fine if we wrap it into a config option defaulting to "y" ?

What I can say so far is that although clang warns about the unknown option
and ignores it, the resulting kernel still fails to boot somewhere early in
start_kernel(). I'm still investigating.

My current trace ends like this:
page_address_init ~ setup_arch ~ then arch/x86/kernel/setup.c:898
setup.c:898 is a printk actually ...
early_idt_handler_array[i] ~> early_idt_handler_common

The mail thread is here:

<wild guess>
We still build with -no-integrated-as which means we use gas. Maybe the flag
is passed-on there and things get confused.
</wile guess>

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