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Date: Wed, 18 May 2016 18:51:10 +1000
From: Andrew Donnellan <>
        linuxppc-dev <>,
        Michael Ellerman <>, Daniel Axtens <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v8 2/4] GCC plugin infrastructure

On 13/05/16 09:57, Emese Revfy wrote:
> 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.
> Currently the x86, arm, arm64 and uml architectures enable plugins.
> The directory of the gcc plugins is scripts/gcc-plugins. 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
> scripts/gcc-plugins/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 gcc-generate-*-pass.h headers automatically generate the registration
> structures for GIMPLE, SIMPLE_IPA, IPA and RTL passes.
> Note that 'make clean' keeps the *.so files (only the distclean or mrproper
> targets clean all) because they are needed for out-of-tree modules.
> The arm and arm64 architectures were tested by David Brown <>.
> Signed-off-by: Emese Revfy <>

I've done some basic sanity testing on powerpc with the cyclomatic 
complexity plugin (with LE native + cross-compilers) and it seems to 
work with the patch below.

Signed-off-by: Andrew Donnellan <>

diff --git a/arch/powerpc/Kconfig b/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
index a18a0dc..0cfed5b 100644
--- a/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
@@ -97,6 +97,7 @@ config PPC
         select HAVE_FUNCTION_TRACER
+       select HAVE_GCC_PLUGINS
         select VIRT_TO_BUS if !PPC64

Andrew Donnellan              OzLabs, ADL Canberra  IBM Australia Limited

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