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Re: -fno-strict-aliasing problem in the latest 2.3

To: "Gleb O. Raiko" <>
Subject: Re: -fno-strict-aliasing problem in the latest 2.3
From: Ralf Baechle <>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2000 18:23:15 +0100
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On Tue, Feb 15, 2000 at 12:36:26PM +0300, Gleb O. Raiko wrote:

> There is a problem with the way main Makefile determines whether the
> compiler suports -fno-strict-aliasing. Namely, Makefile blindly gets $CC
> and tries to feed this option to it. Unfortunately, we set CC to proper
> mips[el]-linux-gcc later in arch/mips/Makefile, so the main Makefile
> just checks against native gcc. On RH6.1 with latest cross tool rpms
> installed, I get cc1: Invalid option `-fno-strict-aliasing' during
> comppilation, obviously.
> I can't offer an elegenat solution to resolve this problem. Basically, I
> see three choices: 
> 1. Move logic that sets CC from arch/mips/Makefile to the main Makefile
>    (Nightmare for Ralf who have to either feed it to Linus or add this
>    logic in the main Makefile every merge, I think.)

This is a generic problem which affects all architectures so there is no
reason why to put it to somewhere else than into the main Makefile.

> 2. Filter CFLAGS to remove -fno-strict-aliasing in arch/mips/Makefile
>    (Nasty.)

Definately nastissimo.

> 3. Fix the mips compiler :-)

Don't fix what isn't broken.

>    (Looks good for me despite the fact I don't understand exctly how
>    much work it costs, but can imagine...)

The fix is trivial, move the offending lines:

# use '-fno-strict-aliasing', but only if the compiler can take it
CFLAGS += $(shell if $(CC) -fno-strict-aliasing -S -o /dev/null -xc /dev/null 
>/dev/null 2>&1; then echo "-fno-strict-aliasing"; fi)

down below the ``include arch/$(ARCH)/Makefile'' statement and you're
set.  I'll send this to CVS.


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