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Change subject: scons: Enable LTO and partial linking with gcc >= 8.1.
scons: Enable LTO and partial linking with gcc >= 8.1.
The bug(s) which prevented LTO and partial linking from working with gcc
have been fixed in my local version (9.3), and according to one of the
original bug reports:
A fix was committed in gcc version 8.1.
The original code left in the SConstruct describing the problem with
versions greated than 6.0 also enabled an -flinker-output option and set
it to "rel". That option doesn't show up in the gcc 8.4 documentation
even though it was added in 6.0, but in the 9.3 documentation it
describes it and says that it defaults to "rel" when the -r (partial
linking) option is used.
This *should* mean that LTO and partial linking can be used together
with no issues after version 8.1, and at most by version 9.3. If someone
finds that that isn't true, then the range of bad versions can be
1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 13 deletions(-)
diff --git a/SConstruct b/SConstruct
index 0f36eac..c8d1428 100755
@@ -169,7 +169,7 @@
action='store_true', help='Build systemc tests')
-from gem5_scons import Transform, error, warning
+from gem5_scons import Transform, error, warning, summarize_warnings
if GetOption('no_lto') and GetOption('force_lto'):
error('--no-lto and --force-lto are mutually exclusive')
@@ -401,27 +401,22 @@
main['GCC_VERSION'] = gcc_version
-if compareVersions(gcc_version, '4.9') >= 0:
+if compareVersions(gcc_version, '4.9') >= 0 and \
+ compareVersions(gcc_version, '8.1') < 0:
# Incremental linking with LTO is currently broken in gcc versions
-# 4.9 and above. A version where everything works completely hasn't
-# yet been identified.
+# 4.9 to 8.1.
-main['BROKEN_INCREMENTAL_LTO'] = True
-if compareVersions(gcc_version, '6.0') >= 0:
# gcc versions 6.0 and greater accept an -flinker-output flag which
# selects what type of output the linker should generate. This is
# necessary for incremental lto to work, but is also broken in
-# current versions of gcc. It may not be necessary in future
-# versions. We add it here since it might be, and as a reminder
-# it exists. It's excluded if lto is being forced.
+# versions of gcc up to 8.1.
-if not GetOption('force_lto'):
+main['BROKEN_INCREMENTAL_LTO'] = True
disable_lto = GetOption('no_lto')
if not disable_lto and main.get('BROKEN_INCREMENTAL_LTO', False) and \
@@ -430,7 +425,7 @@
'at the same time, so lto is being disabled. To force lto
'anyway, use the --force-lto option. That will disable '
-disable_lto = True
+#disable_lto = True
# Add the appropriate Link-Time Optimization (LTO) flags
# unless LTO is explicitly turned off. Note that these flags
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