Re: Building Kernel with -O0

From: linux-os (Dick Johnson)
Date: Tue Sep 09 2008 - 14:57:26 EST

On Tue, 9 Sep 2008, Keith A. Prickett wrote:

> On Tue, 2008-09-09 at 19:04 +0300, Adrian Bunk wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 04, 2008 at 10:50:53AM -0700, Keith A. Prickett wrote:

Microsoft and "Writing Solid Code" are mutually exclusive.

> make this work is well worth the return. In the book "Writing Solid
> Code" ( one technique discussed is: stepping through your code. In order to be able to do this effectively you need optimizations turned off.

Sorry, I couldn't resist after being required to write code in
VC++/MFC, where memory leaks are "normal," and pointers passed
to "methods" don't remain valid if there is any other activity
besides yours occurring in the machine.

If you have to single-step through kernel procedures, you
are not writing proper code for a kernel. Furthermore, even
when using the kernel debugger, you are not executing the
exact same path that would be executed without the debugger

These are some of the reasons why any attempt to compile
with no optimization will usually fall upon deaf ears. There
is a lot of in-line assembly that can't work with -O0 and if
you change the code so that it does, it will not be the same
as "normal" code so whatever it is that you are trying to
accomplish will probably fail to work as planned.

Dick Johnson
Penguin : Linux version on an i686 machine (4786.16 BogoMips).
My book :

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