Re: [PATCH] arm64: errata: Check for --fix-cortex-a53-843419 and --fix-cortex-a53

From: Florian Fainelli
Date: Wed Dec 28 2016 - 15:27:43 EST

On 11/03/2016 10:20 AM, Florian Fainelli wrote:
> On 11/03/2016 07:16 AM, Will Deacon wrote:
>> On Wed, Nov 02, 2016 at 02:57:26PM -0700, Florian Fainelli wrote:
>>> On 11/02/2016 02:41 PM, Markus Mayer wrote:
>>>> On 2 November 2016 at 14:27, Will Deacon <will.deacon@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>> On Wed, Nov 02, 2016 at 02:07:17PM -0700, Markus Mayer wrote:
>>>>>> The question I am asking is: What do we have to lose by supporting both options?
>>>>> We end up passing "--fix-cortex-a53" to the linker, without knowing what it
>>>>> might do in the future.
>>>> It seems highly unlikely that such a generic option would be added in
>>>> the future, both, because the precedent has been set for topic
>>>> specific options, and because they know it has been used in the past,
>>>> so they wouldn't add a previously used option to do something
>>>> completely different. (And if they really did, then that would be a
>>>> huge binutils bug.)
>>>> So, we have a trade-off between a real world problem that does
>>>> currently exist and avoiding a theoretical issue that may never
>>>> materialize.
>>> Agreed, also the way Markus' patch is designed makes it such that we
>>> first try the full and current option name, and if not supported, try
>>> the second (and earlier, now obsolete) option name, so I really don't
>>> see a lot of room for things to go wrong here...
>> It's not beyond the realms of possibility that ld will grow a
>> "fix-cortex-a53" option in the future, that enables all of the a53
>> workarounds. Since ld is the linker supported by the kernel and gold isn't,
>> I don't want to pass this option down.
> No it's entirely reasonable to think this may happen, although:
> - this has not happened yet, so once this happens, you will need to cook
> a patch for this anyway, and you will be able to gate this catch all
> linker option by an appropriate version check presumably
> - you would supposedly want a fine grained set of linker options that
> are specific to workarounds you have to have enabled, instead of a catch
> all "enable all Cortex A53" workarounds
>> If you can't change toolchain and you want this worked around, why can't you
>> either build gold with it enabled by default, or pass the extra flag on the
>> command line to the kernel build system?
> Because that creates a distribution problem and now we have to document
> this for people who want to build a kernel on their own, without
> necessarily understanding if this is something they might need, or why
> this is needed, and why the kernel is not taking care of that on its
> own? So yes, this comes down to who is responsible for what, in that
> case the kernel's Makefile is the best place where to put such knowledge
> as to which workaround needs to be enabled by the linker and it
> simplifies things a lot for people.

Was this convincing enough for Catalin to pick Markus' patch or does
that mean this patch needs to remain out of tree for us because of using
a slightly older toolchain?