Several people reported that the commit 3298b690b21c ("kbuild: Add a
cache for generated variables") caused them problems when they updated
gcc versions.  Specifically the reports all looked something similar
to this:

> In file included from ./include/uapi/linux/uuid.h:21:0,
>                  from ./include/linux/uuid.h:19,
>                  from ./include/linux/mod_devicetable.h:12,
>                  from scripts/mod/devicetable-offsets.c:2:
> ./include/linux/string.h:8:20: fatal error: stdarg.h: No such file or
>                  directory
>  #include <stdarg.h>

Masahiro Yamada determined that the problem was with:

  NOSTDINC_FLAGS += -nostdinc -isystem $(call shell-cached,$(CC)

Specifically that the stale result of -print-file-name is stored in
the cache file.  It was determined that a "make clean" fixed the
problems in all cases.

In this particular case we could certainly try to clean just the cache
when we detect a gcc update, but it seems like overall it's a bad idea
to do an incremental build when gcc changes.  We should warn the user
and tell them that they need a 'make clean'.

Fixes: 3298b690b21c ("kbuild: Add a cache for generated variables")
Reported-by: Yang Shi <>
Reported-by: Dave Hansen <>
Reported-by: Mathieu Malaterre <>
Signed-off-by: Douglas Anderson <>

Changes in v3:
- Fix as per Masahiro Yamada (move change to main Makefile)

Changes in v2:
- Don't error if MAKECMDGOALS is blank.

 Makefile | 9 +++++++++
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index c4322dea3ca2..f1e61470640b 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -573,6 +573,15 @@ virt-y             := virt/
 ifeq ($(dot-config),1)
+# Require a 'make clean' if the compiler changed; not only does the
+# need to be thrown out but we should also start with fresh object files.
+cc-fullversion-uncached := \
+       $(shell $(CONFIG_SHELL) $(srctree)/scripts/ -p $(CC))
+ifneq ($(cc-fullversion-uncached),$(cc-fullversion))
+   $(error Detected new CC version ($(cc-fullversion-uncached) vs 
$(cc-fullversion)).  Please 'make clean')
 # Read in config
 -include include/config/auto.conf

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