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Date:   Fri, 18 Dec 2020 09:54:45 -0800
From:   Linus Torvalds <torvalds@...ux-foundation.org>
To:     Jon Hunter <jonathanh@...dia.com>
Cc:     Marek Szyprowski <m.szyprowski@...sung.com>,
        Masahiro Yamada <masahiroy@...nel.org>,
        Linux Kbuild mailing list <linux-kbuild@...r.kernel.org>,
        Kees Cook <keescook@...omium.org>,
        Emese Revfy <re.emese@...il.com>,
        linux-hardening@...r.kernel.org,
        Nathan Chancellor <natechancellor@...il.com>,
        Nick Desaulniers <ndesaulniers@...gle.com>,
        clang-built-linux <clang-built-linux@...glegroups.com>,
        Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        linux-tegra <linux-tegra@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] gcc-plugins: simplify GCC plugin-dev capability test

On Fri, Dec 18, 2020 at 7:33 AM Jon Hunter <jonathanh@...dia.com> wrote:
>
> However, if you are saying that this is a problem/bug with our builders,
> then of course we will have to get this fixed.

This seems to be a package dependency problem with the gcc plugins -
they clearly want libgmp, but apparently the package hasn't specified
that dependency.

If this turns out to be a big problem, I guess we can't simplify the
plugin check after all.

We historically just disabled gcc-plugins if that header didn't build,
which obviously meant that it "worked" for people, but it also means
that clearly the coverage can't have been as good as it could/should
be.

So if it's as simple as just installing the GNU multiprecision
libraries ("gmp-devel" on most rpm-based systems, "libgmp-dev" on most
debian systems), then I think that's the right thing to do. You'll get
a working build again, and equally importantly, your build servers
will actually do a better job of covering the different build options.

                     Linus

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