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[Xen-devel] Re: Allow compile with CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO=y, X86_PAE not set on gcc 3.4.5

On Thu, Aug 07, 2008 at 11:37:55PM -0700, Jeremy Fitzhardinge wrote:
> Simon Horman wrote:
>> Hi,
>> It appears that "x86: preallocate and prepopulate separately"
>> (d8d5900ef8afc562088f8470feeaf17c4747790f) introduced a minor regression.
>> The build fails on gcc 3.4.5 if CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO=y (that is gcc is
>> called with -g) and X86_PAE not set.
>> There was previously some discussion of this without resolution.
>> http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/7/18/250
>>      arch/x86/mm/pgtable.c: In function `pgd_prepopulate_pmd':
>>      arch/x86/mm/pgtable.c:222: internal compiler error: in remove_insn, at 
>> emit-rtl.c:3746
>>      Please submit a full bug report,
>>      with preprocessed source if appropriate.
>>      See <URL:http://gcc.gnu.org/bugs.html> for instructions.
>>      # i686-unknown-linux-gnu-gcc --version
>>      i686-unknown-linux-gnu-gcc (GCC) 3.4.5
>> My investigations seem to show that gcc 3.4.5 can't cope with the following
>> construct:
>>      for (i = 0; i < 0; i++)
>>              ...
>> or more specifically:
>>      for (i = 0; i < PREALLOCTED_PMDS; i++)
>>              ...
>> when PREALLOCTED_PMDS is 0. That is, when X86_PAE is not set.
>> This patch resolves this problem by moving the relevant code inside
>> #define X86_PAE and providing dummy functions outside !X86_PAE.
>> Signed-off-by: Simon Horman <horms@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> We resolved the other report by saying that gcc 3.4.4 is broken. It  
> seems 3.4.5 is as well.  Could you just update the compiler?  I'd rather  
> not have to clutter the code with more ifdefs if we can possibly avoid 
> it.

CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO=y is why I never hit it before.

It does not seem to be just one dodgy Redhat compiler (as I assumed in 
the Bugzilla entry) but the whole 3.4 series of gcc which makes our 
resolution of saying that this specific compiler is broken invalid.

Considering that we officially support all compilers >= 3.2 this is just 
one more case where we have to add to the kernel a workaround for a 
broken compiler.

After all, we already have 2 or 3 workarounds for new 2.6.27-rc 
breakages with gcc 3.2 included or at least submitted.



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