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Date:	Mon, 01 Sep 2014 11:16:39 +0400
From:	Konstantin Khlebnikov <>
To:	Michal Marek <>,,
Cc:	Paul Bolle <>,
	Geert Uytterhoeven <>
Subject: [PATCH v2 4/4] kconfig: link CONFIG_CROSS_COMPILE with environment

Cross-compiler tool prefix can be set in command line, in the environment
variable CROSS_COMPILE or in config file, in option CONFIG_COROSS_COMPILE.
Also some arch/*/Makefile provides default value.

This patch links config option CONFIG_CROSS_COMPILE and variable CROSS_COMPILE
in both directions: environment/command line has higher priority and updates
value saved in the config file, config option acts as default value for it.

This is especially useful together with option O=dir which allows to create
separate directory for each target architecture and kernel flavor:

# make O=build/arm ARCH=arm CROSS_COMPILE=arm-none-eabi- defconfig
# make -C build/arm

Signed-off-by: Konstantin Khlebnikov <>
 Makefile     |    6 +++++-
 init/Kconfig |    1 +
 2 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index f648405..1044f40 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -263,7 +263,11 @@ endif
 # "make" in the configured kernel build directory always uses that.
 # Default value for CROSS_COMPILE is not to prefix executables
 # Note: Some architectures assign CROSS_COMPILE in their arch/*/Makefile
+	CROSS_COMPILE := $(shell $(srctree)/scripts/config \
+				--if-undef "" --state "CROSS_COMPILE")
 # Architecture as present in compile.h
diff --git a/init/Kconfig b/init/Kconfig
index e84c642..1c2f621 100644
--- a/init/Kconfig
+++ b/init/Kconfig
@@ -47,6 +47,7 @@ config INIT_ENV_ARG_LIMIT
 	string "Cross-compiler tool prefix"
+	option env="CROSS_COMPILE"
 	  Same as running 'make CROSS_COMPILE=prefix-' but stored for
 	  default make runs in this kernel build directory.  You don't

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