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Re: [PATCH] config: Pass the compiler -Werror during warning detection

Hi Mark,

On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 2:21 PM, Mark Wielaard <> wrote:
> On Mon, May 02, 2016 at 01:26:13PM -0700, Filipe Brandenburger wrote:
>> Otherwise the compilation prints a warning but exits with 0 return code.
>> However, later during the compilation, when -Werror is enforced to about
>> every file, the unsupported options start breaking the builds.
> Odd. Normally bad command line options should always cause a non-zero
> exit code. Do you know if that was done deliberate or if it was fixed
> in a later version of the compiler?

This seems to be deliberately done in clang (perhaps for easier
compatibility with other compilers?)... An invalid option produces a
-Wunknown-warning-option warning which is by default enabled as a
warning and not an error... -Werror=unknown-warning-option turns those
into errors and -Werror itself will turn that one on as part of all
the others...

>> Tested: Ran configure with clang-3.5 and built libelf/ tree with it.
>>   $ autoreconf -i
>>   $ ./configure CC=clang-3.5 ...
>>   $ make -C libelf
> I am not against this patch if it makes our compiler feature detection
> better.

I'd say it makes configure closer to build, considering during build
time the Makefile is already adding -Werror to most targets.
Furthermore, the check for -Wlogical-op was already using -Werror as
well, so I don't see why not have the three others be consistent with
it (granted, the -Wlogical-op one actually uses non-trivial code,
while the others just compile a trivial file.)

> But clang really isn't supported.

Yes this is understood :-)

> There have been many patches to try to make elfutils build with it.

Yes we're aware. What we need right now is only libelf/ and that one
seems to build fine with clang only.

> But it seems there are just too many missing features.

I'm not sure I'd call those "features" :-) But I digress...

> In fact configure should check all basic language
> constructs we are using ("gcc with GNU99 support"), so people don't
> accidentially try building with a broken compiler. Does clang now
> implement all gnu99 extensions or is our feature check broken?

No it does not implement them and for instance it will never implement
nested functions. But, as I mentioned, libelf/ tree is sane enough to
build with it.

Right now I have to "trick" configure into skipping that test, with:

  $ ./configure CC=clang-3.5 ac_cv_c99=yes

And then the build works, at least of libelf/ subdir.

I hope you agree with my arguments on consistency (-Werror at
configure vs. build time), but if you feel strongly against this patch
we do have some possible workarounds (such as passing -Werror in
CFLAGS of ./configure).

Thank you!

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