-frecord-gcc-switches as default CFLAG?

Josh Boyer jwboyer at gmail.com
Mon Nov 1 13:08:40 UTC 2010

On Mon, Nov 1, 2010 at 9:04 AM, Tom "spot" Callaway <tcallawa at redhat.com> wrote:
> On 10/30/2010 06:01 AM, Richard W.M. Jones wrote:
>> On Sat, Oct 30, 2010 at 02:24:02AM -0400, Jon Stanley wrote:
>>> I noticed on my Fedora 13 box that in the RPM macro %__global_cflags
>>> that -frecord-gcc-switches is missing, which is a nifty compiler
>>> feature that will record the flags passed to gcc in a section in the
>>> object file, thus aiding in the "how in the world was this compiled?"
>>> problem. An example:
>>> [jstanley at hawtness ~]$ gcc -O2 -frecord-gcc-switches -g -o hello hello.c
>>> [jstanley at hawtness ~]$ readelf -p .GCC.command.line hello
>>> String dump of section '.GCC.command.line':
>>>   [     0]  hello.c
>>>   [     8]  -mtune=generic
>>>   [    17]  -g
>>>   [    1a]  -O2
>>>   [    1e]  -frecord-gcc-switches
>>> What do folks think about adding this as a default? Any reason not to
>>> (other than possibly a few bytes extra in the object files)?
>> +1
>> I think would also catch those cases where some gcc flag is found to
>> break code generation.  You reasonably see which binaries were
>> affected.
> I agree. Unless there is a notable performance cost in this, I say we
> should go for it.

How do you envision this working with debuginfo?  Does this section
get stripped out from normal install and collected into the -debuginfo
subpackage, or does debuginfo need to be taught to leave this section
intact in the actual installed binary?


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