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SubjectRe: [PATCH] powerpc: remove meaningless KBUILD_ARFLAGS addition
On Tue, Jul 16, 2019 at 10:15:47PM +1000, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> Segher Boessenkool <segher@kernel.crashing.org> writes:
> And it's definitely calling ar with no flags, eg:
>
> rm -f init/built-in.a; powerpc-linux-ar rcSTPD init/built-in.a init/main.o init/version.o init/do_mounts.o init/do_mounts_rd.o init/do_mounts_initrd.o init/do_mounts_md.o init/initramfs.o init/init_task.o

This uses thin archives. Those will work fine.

The failing case was empty files IIRC, stuff created from no inputs.

> So presumably at some point ar learnt to cope with objects that don't
> match its default? (how do I ask it what its default is?)

The first supported target in the --help list is the default, I think?

$ powerpc-linux-ar --help
[...]
powerpc-linux-ar: supported targets: elf32-powerpc aixcoff-rs6000 elf32-powerpcle ppcboot elf64-powerpc elf64-powerpcle elf64-little elf64-big elf32-little elf32-big plugin srec symbolsrec verilog tekhex binary ihex

$ powerpc64-linux-ar --help
[...]
powerpc64-linux-ar: supported targets: elf64-powerpc elf64-powerpcle elf32-powerpc elf32-powerpcle aixcoff-rs6000 aixcoff64-rs6000 aix5coff64-rs6000 elf64-little elf64-big elf32-little elf32-big plugin srec symbolsrec verilog tekhex binary ihex

$ powerpc64le-linux-ar --help
[...]
powerpc64le-linux-ar: supported targets: elf64-powerpcle elf64-powerpc elf32-powerpcle elf32-powerpc aixcoff-rs6000 aixcoff64-rs6000 aix5coff64-rs6000 elf64-little elf64-big elf32-little elf32-big plugin srec symbolsrec verilog tekhex binary ihex

$ powerpcle-linux-ar --help
[...]
powerpcle-linux-ar: supported targets: elf32-powerpcle aixcoff-rs6000 elf32-powerpc ppcboot elf64-powerpc elf64-powerpcle elf64-little elf64-big elf32-little elf32-big plugin srec symbolsrec verilog tekhex binary ihex

> > Then again, does that work at *all* nowadays? Do we even consider that
> > important, *should* it work?
>
> Yes and yes. There were a lot of bugs in the kernel makefiles after we
> added LE support which prevented a biarch/biendian compiler from working.
> But now it does work and we want it to keep working because it means you
> can have a single compiler for building 32-bit, 64-bit BE & 64-bit LE.

Good to hear :-)


Segher

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