Re: enabling COMPILE_TEST support for GCC plugins in v4.11

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Fri Dec 09 2016 - 14:40:45 EST

On Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 11:12 AM, Kees Cook <keescook@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I'm starting to wonder if we need to expose the compiler version to
> Kconfig so that "all*config" builds for earlier compiler will
> automatically leave things like plugins off. But I have no idea what
> the right approach for that might be.

We had some broken mock-up of a config option that did a "system()"
call to do some shell scripting for filling in config options (ie turn
a fail/pass into false/true boolean automatically with something like

option shell="gcc -XYZ"

The idea is really solid: move a lot of the nasty ad-hoc runtime
testing in the Makefiles to the configuration stage. I would seriously
like to see this, so that we could replace the stupid

CFLAGS_KCOV := $(call cc-option,-fsanitize-coverage=trace-pc,)

with just nicer thing (ok, that's a bad example, but some of the other
cc-option cases are really pretty fundamental to kernel configuration,
and it really matters whether the compiler supports something or not).

The main problem was actually that we don't have good infrastructure
for passing in the compiler environment etc to kbuild.

I forgot who did that mock-up (and what the exact syntax was), but it
was pretty simple.