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Subject[PATCH v4 00/13] Compiler Attributes
The Compiler Attributes series is an effort to disentangle
the include/linux/compiler*.h headers and bring them up to date.

The main idea behind the series is to use feature checking macros
(i.e. __has_attribute) instead of compiler version checks (e.g. GCC_VERSION),
which are compiler-agnostic (so they can be shared, reducing the size
of compiler-specific headers) and version-agnostic.

Other related improvements have been performed in the headers as well,
which on top of the use of __has_attribute it has amounted to a significant
simplification of these headers (e.g. GCC_VERSION is now only guarding 4
non-attribute macros).

This series should also help the efforts to support compiling the kernel
with clang and icc. A fair amount of documentation and comments have also
been added, clarified or removed; and the headers are now more readable,
which should help kernel developers in general.

The series was triggered due to the move to gcc >= 4.6. In turn, this series
has also triggered Sparse to gain the ability to recognize __has_attribute
on its own.

You can also fetch it from:



Cc: Jonathan Corbet <>
Cc: Rasmus Villemoes <>
Cc: Luc Van Oostenryck <>
Cc: Eli Friedman <>
Cc: Christopher Li <>
Cc: Kees Cook <>
Cc: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Geert Uytterhoeven <>
Cc: Arnd Bergmann <>
Cc: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>
Cc: Masahiro Yamada <>
Cc: Joe Perches <>
Cc: Dominique Martinet <>
Cc: Nick Desaulniers <>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <>
Signed-off-by: Miguel Ojeda <>

v3 -> v4

This time it is an important fix I found while doing randconfigs, plus
the documentation sentence that Nick suggested and the MAINTAINERS file.

Compile-tested for a while on (x86_64, gcc-7.3) on a few randconfs.


* Add MAINTAINERS entry for the new file (compiler_attributes.h)
so that we try to maintain that one as clean as possible.
(if someone else wants to join, feel free!)


* Fix inline macro

__always_inline cannot be used in the inline macro,
because people marking a function as __always_inline would
expand to inline which in turn would expand back to __always_inline
(under some configs), which would not be expanded again.
Added a comment about this in the inline macro.

Also added another comment about __always_inline in compiler_attributes.h
to note that users expect to not have to write inline (as well as
the attribute). We cannot simply remove "inline" there (which would
solve the problem described above) because using the attribute is
not enough for gcc. A function marked as always_inline seems to require
to be marked as inline itself so that the attribute is applied:

"warning: always_inline function might not be inlinable [-Wattributes]"

From the gcc docs:

"For functions declared inline, this attribute inlines the function
independent of any restrictions that otherwise apply to inlining."

See for an example.

From reviews:

* Add sentence about feature-detection in Docs (Nick)

Miguel Ojeda (13):
Compiler Attributes: remove unused attributes
Compiler Attributes: always use the extra-underscores syntax
Compiler Attributes: remove unneeded tests
Compiler Attributes: homogenize __must_be_array
Compiler Attributes: naked was fixed in gcc 4.6
Compiler Attributes: naked can be shared
Compiler Attributes: remove unneeded sparse (__CHECKER__) tests
Compiler Attributes: add missing SPDX ID in compiler_types.h
Compiler Attributes: use feature checks instead of version checks
Compiler Attributes: KENTRY used twice the "used" attribute
Compiler Attributes: remove uses of __attribute__ from compiler.h
Compiler Attributes: add Doc/process/programming-language.rst
Compiler Attributes: Add MAINTAINERS entry

Documentation/process/index.rst | 1 +
.../process/programming-language.rst | 45 ++++
include/linux/compiler-clang.h | 5 -
include/linux/compiler-gcc.h | 84 +-----
include/linux/compiler-intel.h | 9 -
include/linux/compiler.h | 19 +-
include/linux/compiler_attributes.h | 244 ++++++++++++++++++
include/linux/compiler_types.h | 105 ++------
9 files changed, 329 insertions(+), 188 deletions(-)
create mode 100644 Documentation/process/programming-language.rst
create mode 100644 include/linux/compiler_attributes.h


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