Commit 1e2795a1 authored by Artem Bityutskiy's avatar Artem Bityutskiy Committed by Michal Marek

kbuild: move KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS from Kconfig to Makefile

At the moment we have the CONFIG_KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS Kconfig switch,
which users can enable or disable while configuring the kernel. This
option is then used by 'make' to determine whether an extra kallsyms
pass is needed or not.

However, this approach is not nice and confusing, and this patch moves
CONFIG_KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS from Kconfig to Makefile instead. The
rationale is below.

1. CONFIG_KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS is really about the build time, not
   run-time. There is no real need for it to be in Kconfig. It is
   just an additional work-around which should be used only in rare
   cases, when someone breaks kallsyms, so Kbuild/Makefile is much
   better place for this option.
2. Grepping CONFIG_KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS shows that many defconfigs have
   it enabled, probably not because they try to work-around a kallsyms
   bug, but just because the Kconfig help text is confusing and does
   not really make it clear that this option should not be used unless
   except when kallsyms is broken.
3. And since many people have CONFIG_KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS enabled in
   their Kconfig, we do might fail to notice kallsyms bugs in time. E.g.,
   many testers use "make allyesconfig" to test builds, which will enable
   CONFIG_KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS and kallsyms breakage will not be noticed.

To address that, this patch:

2. Changes Makefile so that people can use "make KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS=1"
   to enable the extra pass if needed. Additionally, they may define
   KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS as an environment variable.
3. By default KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS is disabled and if kallsyms has issues,
   "make" should print a warning and suggest using KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS
Signed-off-by: default avatarArtem Bityutskiy <>
[mmarek: Removed make help text, is not necessary]
Signed-off-by: default avatarMichal Marek <>
parent 71a83ec7
......@@ -797,15 +797,17 @@ ifdef CONFIG_KALLSYMS
# o The correct .tmp_kallsyms2.o is linked into the final vmlinux.
# o Verify that the from vmlinux matches the map from
# .tmp_vmlinux2, just in case we did not generate kallsyms correctly.
# o If CONFIG_KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS is set, do an extra pass using
# o If 'make KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS=1" was used, do an extra pass using
# .tmp_vmlinux3 and .tmp_kallsyms3.o. This is only meant as a
# temporary bypass to allow the kernel to be built while the
# maintainers work out what went wrong with kallsyms.
last_kallsyms := 3
last_kallsyms := 2
last_kallsyms := 3
kallsyms.o := .tmp_kallsyms$(last_kallsyms).o
......@@ -816,7 +818,8 @@ define verify_kallsyms
$(cmd_sysmap) .tmp_vmlinux$(last_kallsyms)
$(Q)cmp -s || \
(echo Inconsistent kallsyms data; \
echo This is a bug - please report about it; \
echo Try "make KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS=1" as a workaround; \
rm .tmp_kallsyms* ; /bin/false )
......@@ -981,18 +981,6 @@ config KALLSYMS_ALL
Say N unless you really need all symbols.
bool "Do an extra kallsyms pass"
depends on KALLSYMS
If kallsyms is not working correctly, the build will fail with
inconsistent kallsyms data. If that occurs, log a bug report and
turn on KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS which should result in a stable build.
Always say N here unless you find a bug in kallsyms, which must be
reported. KALLSYMS_EXTRA_PASS is only a temporary workaround while
you wait for kallsyms to be fixed.
config HOTPLUG
bool "Support for hot-pluggable devices" if EXPERT
default y
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