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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] x86/build changes for v4.17
El Mon, Apr 02, 2018 at 02:44:48PM -0700 Linus Torvalds ha dit:

> On Mon, Apr 2, 2018 at 2:50 AM, Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org> wrote:
> >
> > The biggest change is the forcing of asm-goto support on x86, which effectively
> > increases the GCC minimum supported version to gcc-4.5 (on x86).
>
> So my biggest worry isn't gcc-4.5 (anybody who hasn't updated deserves
> to be forced, or can stay with old kernels).
>
> No, my biggest worry is clang. What's the status there?

I know there is work in progress for asm-goto in clang, but I don't
know the details or an ETA. Some folks in cc might have more
information.

> I've pulled this, and honestly, the disaster with
> -fmerge-all-constants makes me think that clang isn't that good a
> compiler choice anyway, but it's sad if this undoes a lot of clang
> work just because of the worries about Spectre and mis-speculated
> branches.

It would indeed be very unfortunate to loose clang support again, now
that it just got added after years of joint efforts from different
people. And this wasn't exclusively kernel work, in my experience over
the past year the LLVM community was very open to adopt/implement
changes needed to build the kernel without ugly hacks. It's still not
a perfect world, but I think LLVM folks deserve some credit.

Couldn't we just raise the minimum gcc version without enforcing
asm-goto for clang (yet)? This would give almost everybody the desired
extra protection, and give clang some slack to implement asm goto.

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