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SubjectRe: [RFC 1/8] x86: objtool: use asm macro for better compiler decisions
On Tue, May 15, 2018 at 07:11:08AM -0700, Nadav Amit wrote:
> GCC considers the number of statements in inlined assembly blocks,
> according to new-lines and semicolons, as an indication to the cost of
> the block in time and space. This data is distorted by the kernel code,
> which puts information in alternative sections. As a result, the
> compiler may perform incorrect inlining and branch optimizations.
>
> In the case of objtool, this distortion is extreme, since anyhow the
> annotations of objtool are discarded during linkage.
>
> The solution is to set an assembly macro and call it from the inlinedv
> assembly block. As a result GCC considers the inline assembly block as
> a single instruction.
>
> This patch slightly increases the kernel size.
>
> text data bss dec hex filename
> 18126699 10066728 2936832 31130259 1db0293 ./vmlinux before
> 18126824 10067268 2936832 31130924 1db052c ./vmlinux after (+665)

With what kernel config? What's the text size change for an allnoconfig?

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