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From: Shuah Khan <>
To: "Bird, Tim" <>, "" <>
Cc: ""
	"" <>,
	Shuah Khan <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] selftests: Fix memfd to support relocatable build (O=objdir)
Date: Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:33:45 -0600
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On 3/26/20 4:23 PM, Bird, Tim wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Shuah Khan
>> Fix memfd to support relocatable build (O=objdir). This calls out
>> source files necessary to build tests and simplfies the dependency
>> enforcement.
>> Tested the following:
>> Note that cross-build for fuse_mnt has dependency on -lfuse.
>> make all
>> make clean
>> make kselftest-install O=/arm64_build/ ARCH=arm64 HOSTCC=gcc \
>> CROSS_COMPILE=aarch64-linux-gnu- TARGETS=memfd
>> Signed-off-by: Shuah Khan <>
>> ---
>>   tools/testing/selftests/memfd/Makefile | 9 ++++-----
>>   1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
>> diff --git a/tools/testing/selftests/memfd/Makefile b/tools/testing/selftests/memfd/Makefile
>> index 53a848109f7b..0a15f9e23431 100644
>> --- a/tools/testing/selftests/memfd/Makefile
>> +++ b/tools/testing/selftests/memfd/Makefile
>> @@ -4,9 +4,8 @@ CFLAGS += -I../../../../include/uapi/
>>   CFLAGS += -I../../../../include/
>>   CFLAGS += -I../../../../usr/include/
>> -TEST_GEN_PROGS := memfd_test
>> +TEST_GEN_PROGS := memfd_test fuse_test fuse_mnt
>>   TEST_PROGS :=
>> -TEST_GEN_FILES := fuse_mnt fuse_test
>>   fuse_mnt.o: CFLAGS += $(shell pkg-config fuse --cflags)
>> @@ -14,7 +13,7 @@ include ../
>>   $(OUTPUT)/fuse_mnt: LDLIBS += $(shell pkg-config fuse --libs)
> Sorry to interject here.  This comment doesn't have to do with this patch,
> but the above line is problematical for cross-compilation.
> $(shell pkg-config fuse --libs) will use pkg-config from the host
> machine, and may produce something different from what's
> installed on the target.  For most enterprise and desktop systems
> library paths for are mostly standardized.  The effect is that if
> you're doing 'simple' embedded, the pkg-config output on the
> host will match that of the target board.  However, in some
> embedded products the partition and filesystem setups are
> often quite complicated (e.g. I recently worked on a TV set with 14
> partitions) and things are not in the locations preferred by the
> Filesystem Hierarchy Standard.
> When cross-compiling for our products, we tend to use the pkg-config
> from the filesystem of the target (a copy of which is on the host), rather
> than the host's pkg-config.
Thanks for bringing attention to the issue. This is an existing
issue. Thankfully this is one of the two tests that use pkg-config.

The problem is limited to just two tests that are included in the
Makefile TARGETS.

> I don't have a board in my test lab where this shows up, nor a
> proposed solution at the moment, but I'm just mentioning it as a
> potential host-environment build contamination issue.  Maybe I
> should start keeping a list, and start thinking of possible solutions for
> more of these types of issues.

Thanks for bringing attention to the issue. I will keep an eye out for
this kind of usage during my reviews.

> P.S. I'd ignore this issue for approving this patch.  I'm just bringing
> it up as a red flag for future work.

Thanks. This is an existing problem that can be addressed in a separate

-- Shuah

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2020-03-25 23:17 Shuah Khan
2020-03-26 22:23 ` Bird, Tim
2020-03-26 22:33   ` Shuah Khan [this message]

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