Re: [PATCH v2 18/18] arm64: select ARCH_SUPPORTS_LTO_CLANG

From: Nick Desaulniers
Date: Thu Nov 16 2017 - 12:17:02 EST

On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 8:59 AM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 08:50:41AM -0800, Nick Desaulniers wrote:
>> On Thu, Nov 16, 2017 at 8:30 AM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > Ideally we'd get the toolchain people to commit to supporting the kernel
>> > memory model along side the C11 one. That would help a ton.
>> Does anyone from the kernel side participate in the C standardization process?
> Yes, Paul McKenney and Will Deacon. Doesn't mean these two can still be
> reconciled though. From what I understand C11 (and onwards) are
> incompatible with the kernel model on a number of subtle points.

It would be good to have these incompatibilities written down, then
for the sake of argument, they can be cited both for discussions on
LKML and in the C standardization process. For example, a running
list in Documentation/ or something would make it so that anyone could
understand and cite current issues with the latest C standard.

I don't understand why we'd block patches for enabling experimental
features. We've been running this patch-set on actual devices for
months and would love to provide them to the community for further
testing. If bugs are found, then there's more evidence to bring to
the C standards committee. Otherwise we're shutting down feature
development for the sake of potential bugs in a C standard we're not
even using.