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Date:   Sat, 17 Oct 2020 14:01:35 +0200
From:   Mark Wielaard <>
        Masahiro Yamada <>,
        Michal Marek <>,
Cc:     Ian Rogers <>, Andi Kleen <>,
        Mark Wielaard <>,,
        Nick Desaulniers <>,
        Segher Boessenkool <>,
        Florian Weimer <>,
        Sedat Dilek <>
Subject: [PATCH V2] Only add -fno-var-tracking-assignments workaround for old GCC versions.

Some old GCC versions between 4.5.0 and 4.9.1 might miscompile code
with -fvar-tracking-assingments (which is enabled by default with -g -O2).
commit 2062afb4f added -fno-var-tracking-assignments unconditionally to
work around this. But newer versions of GCC no longer have this bug, so
only add it for versions of GCC before 5.0. This allows various tools
such as a perf probe or gdb debuggers or systemtap to resolve variable
locations using dwarf locations in more code.

Changes in V2:
- Update commit message explaining purpose.
- Explicitly mention GCC version in comment.
- Wrap workaround in ifdef CONFIG_CC_IS_GCC

Signed-off-by: Mark Wielaard <>
Acked-by: Ian Rogers <>
Reviewed-by: Andi Kleen <>
Cc: Nick Desaulniers <>
Cc: Segher Boessenkool <>
Cc: Florian Weimer <>
Cc: Sedat Dilek <>
 Makefile | 6 +++++-
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index 51540b291738..964754b4cedf 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -813,7 +813,11 @@ KBUILD_CFLAGS	+= -ftrivial-auto-var-init=zero
 KBUILD_CFLAGS	+= -enable-trivial-auto-var-init-zero-knowing-it-will-be-removed-from-clang
-DEBUG_CFLAGS	:= $(call cc-option, -fno-var-tracking-assignments)
+# Workaround for GCC versions < 5.0
+DEBUG_CFLAGS	:= $(call cc-ifversion, -lt, 0500, $(call cc-option, -fno-var-tracking-assignments))

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