Commit 281dc5c5 authored by Linus Torvalds's avatar Linus Torvalds
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Give up on pushing CC_OPTIMIZE_FOR_SIZE

I still happen to believe that I$ miss costs are a major thing, but
sadly, -Os doesn't seem to be the solution.  With or without it, gcc
will miss some obvious code size improvements, and with it enabled gcc
will sometimes make choices that aren't good even with high I$ miss

For example, with -Os, gcc on x86 will turn a 20-byte constant memcpy
into a "rep movsl".  While I sincerely hope that x86 CPU's will some day
do a good job at that, they certainly don't do it yet, and the cost is
higher than a L1 I$ miss would be.

Some day I hope we can re-enable this.
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 71a86384
......@@ -908,7 +908,6 @@ endif
bool "Optimize for size"
default y
Enabling this option will pass "-Os" instead of "-O2" to gcc
resulting in a smaller kernel.
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