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SubjectImproving kselfests cross compilation
Hi Shuah,

I was giving a shot at building the kselftests from within buildroot [1]
as of Linux be779f03d563981c65cc7417cc5e0dbbc5b89d30 and there are a
number of things that make it still reasonably hard even today:

- 3c545084130c1fd5cf873a5fec3ee29070128e06 ("selftests: sparc64: char:
Selftest for privileged ADI driver") this contains inline assembly that
can only work when building for sparc64, yet this is still being built
irrespective of what ARCH is set to

- each Makefile that requires knowledge of the architecture seems to
duplicate what ARCH should be, this cannot be moved to since
Makefiles do expect to be included last and/or after they have
done their own overrides, but something like which contains
CC, ARCH etc. could be useful to avoid the repetition of looking at
uname -m etc. etc.

- some tests' Makefile do seem to hardcode paths to the system's include
instead of accepting a configurable path:


LDLIBS += -lmount -I/usr/include/libmount

I will try to submit patches in the next days that address the most
obvious issues I listed here, but in order for this effort not to be a
constant whack-a-mole game, there really needs to be at least one or two
architectures that must attempt to cross-compile (and run) those tests
and use that as an acceptance criteria.

Thanks for reading.


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