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From: Lance Tagliapietra <>
To: Sam Ravnborg <>
Cc: Geert Uytterhoeven <>,,
Subject: Re: eliminate -pipe from kernel compile
Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 22:12:37 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>


I just completed a test build with my patch to arch/m68k/Makefile to remove the -pipe flag (see patch below).  
Watching the build confirmed that a) -pipe was no longer showing up in the gcc command lines and b) temporary 
files were being created as expected without pipe; and c) the as command was not loaded waiting for cc1 to 
complete.  Yea!  The /arch/m68k/Makefile is the only place where the -pipe flag is located, and that seems
to be the place for all arch's.

--- arch/m68k/Makefile.old	2009-05-13 21:58:28.000000000 -0500
+++ arch/m68k/Makefile	2009-05-09 11:16:39.000000000 -0500
@@ -33,7 +33,9 @@
 CHECKFLAGS += -D__mc68000__
 # without -fno-strength-reduce the 53c7xx.c driver fails ;-(
-KBUILD_CFLAGS += -pipe -fno-strength-reduce -ffixed-a2
+# delete -pipe to save RAM / minimize swap during compile
+# original: KBUILD_CFLAGS += -pipe -fno-strength-reduce -ffixed-a2
+KBUILD_CFLAGS += -fno-strength-reduce -ffixed-a2
 # enable processor switch if compiled only for a single cpu
 ifndef CONFIG_M68020

Pulling out the -pipe does seem to cut compile time.  I am working on hard numbers.


On Wed, May 13, 2009 at 02:38:29AM +0200, Sam Ravnborg wrote:
> On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 08:02:16AM +0200, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> > Added linux-kbuild
> > 
> > On Mon, May 11, 2009 at 03:58, Lance Tagliapietra <> wrote:
> > > I was noticing that kernel compiling is set up to have gcc pipe data from one pass to another, instead of using
> > > temporary files. ?On a memory constrained environment, this may not be the best idea (or at least I'd like to
> > > explore that idea). ?Instead of loading the assember, and having immediately being swapped out while the cc1 pass
> > > runs, it may make more sense to have the temp files being written, instead of the swap in and out, when compiling
> > > the various objects of the kernel.
> > >
> > > So, simply pulling out the -pipe from the compiler flag list didn't see to have the desired effect. ?I'm afraid I'm
> > > still missing something. ?I'm still observing the assembler being loaded.
> 1) How did you "pulling out the -pipe from the compiler flag list"?
> Please show this as a patch.
> 2) Did you verify that -pipe was used before and no more after your
>    changes?
>    Hint - use "make V=1" to see all command line options to gcc
> 	Sam

      reply	other threads:[~2009-05-14  3:44 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 6+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2009-05-11  1:58 eliminate -pipe from kernel compile Lance Tagliapietra
2009-05-11  6:02 ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2009-05-11  6:02   ` Geert Uytterhoeven
2009-05-13  0:38   ` Sam Ravnborg
2009-05-13  0:38     ` Sam Ravnborg
2009-05-14  3:12     ` Lance Tagliapietra [this message]

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