Re: RCU bug with v3.17-rc3 ?

From: Peter Hurley
Date: Fri Oct 10 2014 - 22:41:23 EST

On 10/10/2014 09:44 PM, Nathan Lynch wrote:
> On 10/10/2014 11:25 AM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
>> Right, so GCC 4.8.{1,2} are totally unsuitable for kernel building (and
>> it seems that this has been known about for some time.)
> Looking at it seems that all 4.8.x for x < 3
> are affected, as well as 4.9.0.
>> We can blacklist these GCC versions quite easily. We already have GCC
>> 3.3 blacklisted, and it's trivial to add others. I would want to include
>> some proper details about the bug, just like the other existing entries
>> we already have in asm-offsets.c, where we name the functions that the
>> compiler is known to break where appropriate.
> Before blacklisting anything, it's worth considering that simple version
> checks would break existing pre-4.8.3 compilers that have been patched
> for PR58854. It looks like Yocto and Buildroot issued releases with
> patched 4.8.2 compilers well before the (fixed) 4.8.3 release. I think
> the most we can reasonably do without breaking some correctly-behaving
> toolchains is to emit a warning.

Providing a manual switch to override blacklisting is way more sane
than a build warning that no one's looking at.

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