Re: [PATCH] mm: Mark create_huge_pmd() inline to prevent build failure

From: Geert Uytterhoeven
Date: Wed Jul 12 2017 - 03:37:51 EST

Hi Arnd,

On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 9:22 AM, Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 12, 2017 at 8:57 AM, Geert Uytterhoeven
> <geert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> With gcc 4.1.2:
>> mm/memory.o: In function `create_huge_pmd':
>> memory.c:(.text+0x93e): undefined reference to `do_huge_pmd_anonymous_page'
>> Converting transparent_hugepage_enabled() from a macro to a static
>> inline function reduced the ability of the compiler to remove unused
>> code.
>> Fix this by marking create_huge_pmd() inline.
>> Fixes: 16981d763501c0e0 ("mm: improve readability of transparent_hugepage_enabled()")
>> Signed-off-by: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Acked-by: Arnd Bergmann <arnd@xxxxxxxx>


>> ---
>> Interestingly, create_huge_pmd() is emitted in the assembler output, but
>> never called.
> I've never seen this before either. I know that early gcc-4 compilers
> would do this
> when a function is referenced from an unused function pointer, but not with
> a compile-time constant evaluation. I guess that transparent_hugepage_enabled
> is just slightly more complex than it gcc-4.1 can handle here.

You did mention seeing it with mips-gcc-4.1 in the thread "[RFC] minimum gcc
version for kernel: raise to gcc-4.3 or 4.6?", but didn't provide any further
details. Finally I started seeing it myself for m68k ;-)



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