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Date:   Sun, 14 Jun 2020 23:43:41 +0900
From:   Masahiro Yamada <>
Cc:     Nick Desaulniers <>,
        Arvind Sankar <>,
        Masahiro Yamada <>,
        Andrew Morton <>,
        Brendan Higgins <>,
        Catalin Marinas <>,
        Changbin Du <>,
        Krzysztof Kozlowski <>,
        Mauro Carvalho Chehab <>,
        Randy Dunlap <>,
        Will Deacon <>,,
Subject: [PATCH 2/2] kconfig: unify cc-option and as-option

cc-option and as-option are almost the same; both pass the flag to
$(CC). The main difference is the cc-option stops before the assemble
stage (-S option) whereas as-option stops after it (-c option).

I chose -S because it is slightly faster, but $(cc-option,-gz=zlib)
returns a wrong result (
It has been fixed by a separate patch, but using -c is more robust.

However, you cannot simply replace -S with -c because the following
code would break:

    depends on $(cc-option,-gsplit-dwarf)

The combination of -c and -gsplit-dwarf does not accept /dev/null as

  $ cat /dev/null | gcc -gsplit-dwarf -S -x c - -o /dev/null
  $ echo $?

  $ cat /dev/null | gcc -gsplit-dwarf -c -x c - -o /dev/null
  objcopy: Warning: '/dev/null' is not an ordinary file
  $ echo $?

  $ cat /dev/null | gcc -gsplit-dwarf -c -x c - -o tmp.o
  $ echo $?

There is another flag that creates an separate file based on the
object file path:

  $ cat /dev/null | gcc -ftest-coverage -c -x c - -o /dev/null
  <stdin>:1: error: cannot open /dev/null.gcno

So, we cannot use /dev/null to sink the output.

Align the cc-option implementation with scripts/Kbuild.include.

With -c option used in cc-option, as-option is unneeded.

Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada <>

 arch/arm64/Kconfig      | 2 +-
 lib/Kconfig.debug       | 1 -
 scripts/Kconfig.include | 8 +-------
 3 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/arm64/Kconfig b/arch/arm64/Kconfig
index 31380da53689..6eb18f45258e 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/arm64/Kconfig
@@ -1564,7 +1564,7 @@ config CC_HAS_SIGN_RETURN_ADDRESS
 	def_bool $(cc-option,-msign-return-address=all)
 config AS_HAS_PAC
-	def_bool $(as-option,-Wa$(comma)-march=armv8.3-a)
+	def_bool $(cc-option,-Wa$(comma)-march=armv8.3-a)
 	def_bool $(as-instr,.cfi_startproc\n.cfi_negate_ra_state\n.cfi_endproc\n)
diff --git a/lib/Kconfig.debug b/lib/Kconfig.debug
index 96999d4d2dda..9ad9210d70a1 100644
--- a/lib/Kconfig.debug
+++ b/lib/Kconfig.debug
@@ -229,7 +229,6 @@ config DEBUG_INFO_COMPRESSED
 	bool "Compressed debugging information"
 	depends on DEBUG_INFO
 	depends on $(cc-option,-gz=zlib)
-	depends on $(as-option,-gz=zlib)
 	depends on $(ld-option,--compress-debug-sections=zlib)
 	  Compress the debug information using zlib.  Requires GCC 5.0+ or Clang
diff --git a/scripts/Kconfig.include b/scripts/Kconfig.include
index c264da2b9b30..a5fe72c504ff 100644
--- a/scripts/Kconfig.include
+++ b/scripts/Kconfig.include
@@ -25,18 +25,12 @@ failure = $(if-success,$(1),n,y)
 # $(cc-option,<flag>)
 # Return y if the compiler supports <flag>, n otherwise
-cc-option = $(success,$(CC) -Werror $(CLANG_FLAGS) $(1) -S -x c /dev/null -o /dev/null)
+cc-option = $(success,mkdir .tmp_$$$$; trap "rm -rf .tmp_$$$$" EXIT; $(CC) -Werror $(CLANG_FLAGS) $(1) -c -x c /dev/null -o .tmp_$$$$/tmp.o)
 # $(ld-option,<flag>)
 # Return y if the linker supports <flag>, n otherwise
 ld-option = $(success,$(LD) -v $(1))
-# $(as-option,<flag>)
-# /dev/zero is used as output instead of /dev/null as some assembler cribs when
-# both input and output are same. Also both of them have same write behaviour so
-# can be easily substituted.
-as-option = $(success, $(CC) $(CLANG_FLAGS) $(1) -c -x assembler /dev/null -o /dev/zero)
 # $(as-instr,<instr>)
 # Return y if the assembler supports <instr>, n otherwise
 as-instr = $(success,printf "%b\n" "$(1)" | $(CC) $(CLANG_FLAGS) -c -x assembler -o /dev/null -)

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