Re: Build regressions/improvements in v4.3-rc3

From: Russell King - ARM Linux
Date: Mon Sep 28 2015 - 05:48:46 EST

On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 10:30:06AM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 08:57:44AM +0200, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> > On Sun, Sep 27, 2015 at 9:34 PM, Geert Uytterhoeven
> > <geert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > > JFYI, when comparing v4.3-rc3[1] to v4.3-rc2[3], the summaries are:
> > > - build errors: +8/-12
> >
> > + error: No rule to make target include/config/auto.conf: => N/A
> >
> > arm-randconfig
> Not every randconfig failure is a kernel problem. Here's an example:
> Physical address of main memory (PHYS_OFFSET) [] (NEW) aborted!
> Console input/output is redirected. Run 'make oldconfig' to update configuration.
> This needs someone to provide a value, which means these failures are
> not in fact failures of the kernel, but a failure of the build system
> to anticipate that there may be Kconfig questions that need input.
> So, these ones should be ignored.

Also, a great many of the failures are due to the build toolchain not
supporting -fstack-protector-strong. I think it's absolutely right
for the build to error out if you enable a kernel feature which requires
toolchain support, but the toolchain does not support that feature.

What this means is that the build results from kissb are less than
useful - without spending ages looking at every single build, it's
hard to find the real failures we care about.

I'd suggest that either the randconfig is seeded to ensure that
CONFIG_CC_STACKPROTECTOR_STRONG is always disabled in ARM randconfigs,
or that the ARM toolchain is updated to support this feature.

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