[Buildroot] [PATCH 1/1] toolchain: add link-time-optimization support

Peter Kümmel syntheticpp at gmx.net
Wed Mar 4 14:35:15 UTC 2015


GCC's link-time-optimization could be enabled by the flag '-flto'.
With LTO enabled, ar and runlib must be called with an argument which
triggers the usage of a LTO plugin.
GCC provides wrappers for ar and ranlib which implicitly pass the LTO
arguments to ar/ranlib. This way existing Makefiles don't need to be
changed for LTO support when these wrappers around ar and ranlib are used.
Also the LTO and plugin support must be enabled in the host's binutils.

Signed-off-by: Peter Kümmel <syntheticpp at gmx.net>
---
 package/binutils/binutils.mk                       | 4 ++++
 package/gcc/Config.in.host                         | 7 +++++++
 package/gcc/gcc.mk                                 | 4 ++++
 toolchain/toolchain-external/toolchain-external.mk | 8 ++++++++
 4 files changed, 23 insertions(+)

diff --git a/package/binutils/binutils.mk b/package/binutils/binutils.mk
index 9e99253..daa8c45 100644
--- a/package/binutils/binutils.mk
+++ b/package/binutils/binutils.mk
@@ -96,5 +96,9 @@ BINUTILS_PRE_PATCH_HOOKS += BINUTILS_XTENSA_PRE_PATCH
 HOST_BINUTILS_PRE_PATCH_HOOKS += BINUTILS_XTENSA_PRE_PATCH
 endif
 
+ifeq ($(BR2_GCC_ENABLE_LTO),y)
+HOST_BINUTILS_CONF_OPTS += --enable-plugins --enable-lto
+endif
+
 $(eval $(autotools-package))
 $(eval $(host-autotools-package))
diff --git a/package/gcc/Config.in.host b/package/gcc/Config.in.host
index dd61f51..3c83579 100644
--- a/package/gcc/Config.in.host
+++ b/package/gcc/Config.in.host
@@ -116,6 +116,13 @@ config BR2_GCC_ENABLE_TLS
 	  Enable the compiler to generate code for accessing
 	  thread local storage variables
 
+config BR2_GCC_ENABLE_LTO
+	bool "Enable compiler link-time-optimization support"
+	depends on !BR2_GCC_VERSION_4_2_2_AVR32_2_1_5
+	help
+	  Since version 4.5 GCC supports lto. Build GCC with lto support enabled.
+	  Needed when -flto should be used.
+
 config BR2_GCC_ENABLE_OPENMP
 	bool "Enable compiler OpenMP support"
 	depends on !BR2_PTHREADS_NONE && !BR2_arc && !BR2_microblaze
diff --git a/package/gcc/gcc.mk b/package/gcc/gcc.mk
index ffac15c..b5d2ddb 100644
--- a/package/gcc/gcc.mk
+++ b/package/gcc/gcc.mk
@@ -132,6 +132,10 @@ else
 HOST_GCC_COMMON_CONF_OPTS += --disable-tls
 endif
 
+ifeq ($(BR2_GCC_ENABLE_LTO),y)
+HOST_GCC_COMMON_CONF_OPTS += --enable-plugins --enable-lto
+endif
+
 ifeq ($(BR2_GCC_ENABLE_LIBMUDFLAP),y)
 HOST_GCC_COMMON_CONF_OPTS += --enable-libmudflap
 else
diff --git a/toolchain/toolchain-external/toolchain-external.mk b/toolchain/toolchain-external/toolchain-external.mk
index ab73f9a..d7a8499 100644
--- a/toolchain/toolchain-external/toolchain-external.mk
+++ b/toolchain/toolchain-external/toolchain-external.mk
@@ -656,12 +656,20 @@ endif
 # Build toolchain wrapper for preprocessor, C and C++ compiler and setup
 # symlinks for everything else. Skip gdb symlink when we are building our
 # own gdb to prevent two gdb's in output/host/usr/bin.
+# When the link-time-optimazation flag '-flto' is used, then the compiler
+# and binutils have to support lto. ar/ranlib needs to be called with the
+# lto plugin. The wrappers *-gcc-ar and *-gcc-ranlib provided by GCC could
+# be used as drop-ins for ar/runlib when Makefiles are used which do not
+# pass the lto arguments.
 define TOOLCHAIN_EXTERNAL_INSTALL_WRAPPER
 	$(Q)$(call MESSAGE,"Building ext-toolchain wrapper")
 	mkdir -p $(HOST_DIR)/usr/bin; cd $(HOST_DIR)/usr/bin; \
 	for i in $(TOOLCHAIN_EXTERNAL_CROSS)*; do \
 		base=$${i##*/}; \
 		case "$$base" in \
+		*-ar|*-ranlib|*-nm) \
+			ln -sf $$(echo $$i | sed 's%^$(HOST_DIR)%../..%') .; \
+			;; \
 		*cc|*cc-*|*++|*++-*|*cpp) \
 			ln -sf ext-toolchain-wrapper $$base; \
 			;; \
-- 
2.3.0



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