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Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:59:42 +0100
From: "PaX Team" <>
To: Kees Cook <>,
        Andrew Donnellan <>
CC: "" <>,
        "" <>,
        Emese Revfy <>, LKML <>,
        linux-kbuild <>,
        Brad Spengler <>, Michal Marek <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/3] powerpc: enable support for GCC plugins

On 9 Dec 2016 at 13:48, Andrew Donnellan wrote:

> >> as for the solutions, the general advice should enable the use of otherwise
> >> failing gcc versions instead of forcing updating to new ones (though the
> >> latter is advisable for other reasons but not everyone's in the position to
> >> do so easily). in my experience all one needs to do is manually install the
> >> missing files from the gcc sources (ideally distros would take care of it).
> If someone else is willing to write up that advice, then great.
> >> the specific problem addressed here can (and IMHO should) be solved in
> >> another way: remove the inclusion of the offending headers in gcc-common.h
> >> as neither tm.h nor c-common.h are needed by existing plugins. for background,
> We can't build without tm.h:

you'll need to repeat the removal of dependent headers. based on a quick
test here across gcc 4.5-6.2, if you remove rtl.h, tm_p.h, hard-reg-set.h
and emit-rtl.h in addition to tm.h, the plugins should build fine.

> And we get warnings without c-common.h:

that's not due to c-common.h. gcc versions 4.5-4.6 are compiled as a C program
and gcc 4.7 can be compiled both as a C and a C++ program (IIRC, distros opted
for the latter, i forget what manually built versions default to but i guess you
went with the C compilation for your gcc anyway). couple that with -Wmissing-prototypes
and you get that warning regardless of c-common.h being included. something like
this should fix it:

--- a/scripts/gcc-plugins/gcc-generate-gimple-pass.h 2016-12-06 01:01:54.521724573 +0100
+++ b/scripts/gcc-plugins/gcc-generate-gimple-pass.h      2016-12-09 11:43:32.225226164 +0100
@@ -136,6 +136,7 @@
        return new _PASS_NAME_PASS();
+struct opt_pass *_MAKE_PASS_NAME_PASS(void);
 struct opt_pass *_MAKE_PASS_NAME_PASS(void)
        return &_PASS_NAME_PASS.pass;

> These were all manually built using a script running on a Debian box. 
> Installing precompiled distro versions of rather old gccs would have 
> been somewhat challenging. I've just rebuilt 4.6.4 to double check that 
> I wasn't just seeing things, but it seems that it definitely is still 
> putting c-common.h in the old location.

for reference, this is the git commit that did the move:

commit 7bedc3a05d34cd81e4835a2d3ff8c0ec7108eeb5
Author: steven <steven@...bc75d-0d04-0410-961f-82ee72b054a4>
Date:   Sat Jun 5 20:33:22 2010 +0000

            * c-common.c: Move to c-family/.
            * c-common.def: Likewise.
            * c-common.h: Likewise.

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