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SubjectRe: [RFC 1/8] x86: objtool: use asm macro for better compiler decisions
Josh Triplett <> wrote:

> 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?

I use my custom config and to include the drivers in the image. Other
configs were not too appropriate: defconfig does not enable paravirt and
allyesconfig is too heavy.

There is no effect with allnoconfig on size:

text data bss dec hex filename
1018441 230148 1215604 2464193 2599c1 ./vmlinux
1018441 230148 1215604 2464193 2599c1 ./vmlinux

I think it is expected since CONFIG_STACK_VALIDATION is off. No?


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