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SubjectRe: [PATCH 07/12] Compiler Attributes: remove unneeded sparse (__CHECKER__) tests
On Wed, Sep 05, 2018 at 12:40:26PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 12:30 PM Josh Triplett <josh@joshtriplett.org> wrote:
> >
> > Unlike GCC, I don't think it's at all unreasonable to assume a
> > *relatively* recent version of Sparse.
>
> Yeah, sparse is small and easy to build and installs in your own
> ~/bin/ directory by default.
>
> Anybody who can build the kernel can trivially fetch and build sparse
> in seconds. It literally builds from scratch in 2.5s for me.
>
> I don't think you even need any development packages that you don't
> already need for the kernel. Just a C compiler and libc, basically.
>
> Sure, some parts of sparse can use things like libxml and llvm and
> even gtk, but that's for functionality that the "check kernel with
> sparse" doesn't even need, and the makefile will automatically disable
> them if you don't have it installed.
>
> So if people are having trouble, just point them to the sparse repo,
> and tell them that
>
> git clone ...
> cd sparse
> make -j8
> make install
>
> fixes the issue in 30 seconds.
>
> Although maybe I'm misstating just how easy sparse is to build and
> install, and people have had problems?
>

I never heard of anyone having a problem to build sparse but I
guess that a lot of people just use their distro's version.

That said, I'm of course, all for encouraging people to upgrad
to a recent version.


-- Luc

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