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authorSami Tolvanen <>2020-12-11 10:46:19 -0800
committerKees Cook <>2021-01-14 08:21:08 -0800
commitdc5723b02e523b2c4a68667f7e28c65018f7202f (patch)
treee31da4c11f359712314d351d6b4281739785adfe /.gitignore
parent3b15cdc15956673ba1551d79bceae471436ac6a9 (diff)
kbuild: add support for Clang LTO
This change adds build system support for Clang's Link Time Optimization (LTO). With -flto, instead of ELF object files, Clang produces LLVM bitcode, which is compiled into native code at link time, allowing the final binary to be optimized globally. For more details, see: The Kconfig option CONFIG_LTO_CLANG is implemented as a choice, which defaults to LTO being disabled. To use LTO, the architecture must select ARCH_SUPPORTS_LTO_CLANG and support: - compiling with Clang, - compiling all assembly code with Clang's integrated assembler, - and linking with LLD. While using CONFIG_LTO_CLANG_FULL results in the best runtime performance, the compilation is not scalable in time or memory. CONFIG_LTO_CLANG_THIN enables ThinLTO, which allows parallel optimization and faster incremental builds. ThinLTO is used by default if the architecture also selects ARCH_SUPPORTS_LTO_CLANG_THIN: To enable LTO, LLVM tools must be used to handle bitcode files, by passing LLVM=1 and LLVM_IAS=1 options to make: $ make LLVM=1 LLVM_IAS=1 defconfig $ scripts/config -e LTO_CLANG_THIN $ make LLVM=1 LLVM_IAS=1 To prepare for LTO support with other compilers, common parts are gated behind the CONFIG_LTO option, and LTO can be disabled for specific files by filtering out CC_FLAGS_LTO. Signed-off-by: Sami Tolvanen <> Reviewed-by: Kees Cook <> Signed-off-by: Kees Cook <> Link:
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