Commit 51b97e35 authored by Kirill A. Shutemov's avatar Kirill A. Shutemov Committed by Linus Torvalds

kernel: use the gnu89 standard explicitly

Sasha Levin reports:
 "gcc5 changes the default standard to c11, which makes kernel build

  Explicitly define the kernel standard to be gnu89 which should keep
  everything working exactly like it was before gcc5"

There are multiple small issues with the new default, but the biggest
issue seems to be that the old - and very useful - GNU extension to
allow a cast in front of an initializer has gone away.

Patch updated by Kirill:
 "I'm pretty sure all gcc versions you can build kernel with supports
  -std=gnu89.  cc-option is redunrant.

  We also need to adjust HOSTCFLAGS otherwise allmodconfig fails for me"

Note by Andrew Pinski:
 "Yes it was reported and both problems relating to this extension has
  been added to gnu99 and gnu11.  Though there are other issues with the
  kernel dealing with extern inline have different semantics between
  gnu89 and gnu99/11"

End result: we may be able to move up to a newer stdc model eventually,
but right now the newer models have some annoying deficiencies, so the
traditional "gnu89" model ends up being the preferred one.
Signed-off-by: default avatarSasha Levin <>
Singed-off-by: default avatarKirill A. Shutemov <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarLinus Torvalds <>
parent 1afcb6ed
......@@ -297,7 +297,7 @@ CONFIG_SHELL := $(shell if [ -x "$$BASH" ]; then echo $$BASH; \
HOSTCC = gcc
HOSTCFLAGS = -Wall -Wmissing-prototypes -Wstrict-prototypes -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer
HOSTCFLAGS = -Wall -Wmissing-prototypes -Wstrict-prototypes -O2 -fomit-frame-pointer -std=gnu89
ifeq ($(shell $(HOSTCC) -v 2>&1 | grep -c "clang version"), 1)
......@@ -401,7 +401,8 @@ KBUILD_CPPFLAGS := -D__KERNEL__
KBUILD_CFLAGS := -Wall -Wundef -Wstrict-prototypes -Wno-trigraphs \
-fno-strict-aliasing -fno-common \
-Werror-implicit-function-declaration \
-Wno-format-security \
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