Patchwork [1/1] sanity.bbclass:check if necessary to add march to BUILD_CFLAGS

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Submitter Hongxu Jia
Date March 5, 2013, 2:50 a.m.
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Permalink /patch/45503/
State Accepted
Commit 38042ed8586b3abe427af33debc2402caeca52cb
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Hongxu Jia - March 5, 2013, 2:50 a.m.
1, There are a set of GCC built-in functions for atomic memory access. The
definition given in the Intel documentation allows only for the use of the
types int, long, long long as well as their unsigned counterparts. GCC will
allow any integral scalar or pointer type that is 1, 2, 4, 8 or 16 bytes in
length, suffix `_n' where n is the size of the data type.Such as:
The above builtins are intended to be compatible with those described in the
Intel Itanium Processor-specific Application Binary Interface, section 7.4.

2, The glib-2.0-native and qemu-native invoke the above builtin function with
suffix `_4', and glib-2.0-native uses __GCC_HAVE_SYNC_COMPARE_AND_SWAP_4 to
test the existance.

3, Not all above builtin functions are supported by all target processors.Such
as i386 does not support the functions with suffix `_4', but i486 or later

4, Prior to GCC 4.5, on the Intel's processor, the default arch is i386 unless
GCC is built with the --with-arch switch. Since GCC 4.5 the default arch is
implied by the target.

5, If your host GCC is older than 4.5 and it is built without the --with-arch
switch, when you use the GCC to compile target, you should specify -march to
tell GCC what the target's arch is, otherwise i386 is used as default.

Above all, when use older GCC to compile glib-2.0-native or glib-2.0-native,
and the GCC incorrectly uses i386 as default, the above builtin function
with suffix `_4' is not referenced. We should have a check in sanity.bbclass
to tell the user if necessary to add march to BUILD_CFLAGS in this situation.

[YOCTO #3563]

Signed-off-by: Hongxu Jia <>
 meta/classes/sanity.bbclass |   29 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 29 insertions(+)


diff --git a/meta/classes/sanity.bbclass b/meta/classes/sanity.bbclass
index 06e95e3..8cdb06e 100644
--- a/meta/classes/sanity.bbclass
+++ b/meta/classes/sanity.bbclass
@@ -309,6 +309,31 @@  def check_sanity_validmachine(sanity_data):
     return messages
+# Checks if necessary to add option march to host gcc
+def check_gcc_march(sanity_data):
+    result = False
+    # Check if -march not in BUILD_CFLAGS
+    if sanity_data.getVar("BUILD_CFLAGS",True).find("-march") < 0:
+        # Construct a test file
+        f = file("gcc_test.c", "w")
+        f.write("int main (){ __GCC_HAVE_SYNC_COMPARE_AND_SWAP_4; return 0;}\n")
+        f.close()
+        import commands
+        # Check if GCC could work without march
+        status,result = commands.getstatusoutput("${BUILD_PREFIX}gcc gcc_test.c -o gcc_test")
+        if status != 0:
+            # Check if GCC could work with march
+            status,result = commands.getstatusoutput("${BUILD_PREFIX}gcc -march=native gcc_test.c -o gcc_test")
+            if status == 0:
+                result =  True
+        os.remove("gcc_test.c")
+        os.remove("gcc_test")
+    return result
 def check_sanity(sanity_data):
     import subprocess
@@ -416,6 +441,10 @@  def check_sanity(sanity_data):
         if not check_app_exists("qemu-arm", sanity_data):
             messages = messages + "qemu-native was in ASSUME_PROVIDED but the QEMU binaries (qemu-arm) can't be found in PATH"
+    if check_gcc_march(sanity_data):
+        messages = messages + "Your gcc version is older than 4.5, please add the following param to local.conf\n \
+        BUILD_CFLAGS_append = \" -march=native\"\n"
     paths = sanity_data.getVar('PATH', True).split(":")
     if "." in paths or "" in paths:
         messages = messages + "PATH contains '.' or '' (empty element), which will break the build, please remove this.\n"