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Date: Mon, 8 Feb 2016 22:31:23 +0100
From: Emese Revfy <>
To: Michal Marek <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/3] GCC plugin infrastructure

On Mon, 8 Feb 2016 21:28:13 +0100
Michal Marek <> wrote:

> Dne 7.2.2016 v 22:28 Emese Revfy napsal(a):
> > This patch allows to build the whole kernel with GCC plugins. It was ported from
> > grsecurity/PaX. The infrastructure supports building out-of-tree modules and
> > building in a separate directory. Cross-compilation is supported too but
> > currently only the x86 architecture enables plugins.
> > 
> > The directory of the gcc plugins is tools/gcc. You can use a file or a directory
> > there. The plugins compile with these options:
> >  * -fno-rtti: gcc is compiled with this option so the plugins must use it too
> >  * -fno-exceptions: this is inherited from gcc too
> >  * -fasynchronous-unwind-tables: this is inherited from gcc too
> >  * -ggdb: it is useful for debugging a plugin (better backtrace on internal
> >     errors)
> >  * -Wno-narrowing: to suppress warnings from gcc headers (ipa-utils.h)
> >  * -Wno-unused-variable: to suppress warnings from gcc headers (gcc_version
> >     variable, plugin-version.h)
> > 
> > The infrastructure introduces a new Makefile target called gcc-plugins. It
> > supports all gcc versions from 4.5 to 6.0. The scripts/ script
> > chooses the proper host compiler (gcc-4.7 can be built by either gcc or g++).
> > This script also checks the availability of the included headers in
> > tools/gcc/gcc-common.h.
> > 
> > The gcc-common.h header contains frequently included headers for GCC plugins
> > and it has a compatibility layer for the supported gcc versions.
> The changelog is missing an explanation as to why this needs to be part
> of the kernel build system. To me it looks like building the kernel with
> a modified build system and non-default compiler flags, which can be
> achieved by doing make CC=my-gcc-wrapper or somesuch. But I'd love to be
> corrected.

These compiler options compile the gcc plugins not the kernel. The new gcc option
used for building the kernel is the -fplugin option.


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