Re: 4.17.x won't boot due to "x86/boot/compressed/64: Handle 5-level paging boot if kernel is above 4G"

From: Kirill A. Shutemov
Date: Fri Jul 06 2018 - 12:29:42 EST

On Fri, Jul 06, 2018 at 11:13:02PM +0900, Masahiro Yamada wrote:
> >> LDFLAGS is for internal-use.
> >> Please do not override it from the command line.
> >
> > Can we generate a build error if a user try to override LDFLAGS, CFLAGS or
> > other critical internal-use-only variables?
> Yes, Make can check where variables came from.

I think we should do this.

> >> will allow you to append linker flags.
> >
> > Okay. It makes me wounder if we should taint kernel in such cases?
> > Custom compiler/linker flags are risky and can lead to weird bugs.
> OK.
> So, what problem are we discussing?

Users set custom LDFLAGS/CFLAGS and break kernel. Then report bug that
hard to debug. See

and start of this thread:

It took me a while to track down the issue. I blamed linker for a while.

> > I've got it wrong. *Any* LDFLAGS option passed to make this way:
> >
> > make LDFLAGS="..."
> In your previous mail, I thought you were asking me how to pass
> custom linker flags.
> If not, we do not need to think about that case.
> Just say "Do not do that".

At least we need to make user aware about risk of setting custom flags.

Kirill A. Shutemov