[PATCH] Revert "Enable '-Werror' by default for all kernel builds"

Geert Uytterhoeven geert at linux-m68k.org
Mon Sep 20 16:26:48 UTC 2021

On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 12:50 PM Pavel Machek <pavel at ucw.cz> wrote:
> > > Do we really want developers treat warnings as errors? When the code
> > > is okay but some random version of gcc dislikes it...
> > >
> > > Plus, there's question of stable. We already get ton of churn there
> > > ("this fixes random warning"). WERROR will only encourage that...
> >
> > I will not be backporting this patch to older stable kernels, but I
> > _want_ to see stable builds build with no warnings.  When we add
> > warnings, they are almost always things we need to fix up properly.
> Well, everyone _wants_ to see clean builds... unless the price is too
> high.
> > Over time, I have worked to reduce the number of build warnings in older
> > stable kernels.  For newer versions of gcc, sometimes that is
> > impossible, but we are close...
> You clearly can't backport this patch, but for 5.16-stable, you'll
> have it in, and now warnings are same as errors... and I don't believe
> that's good idea for stable.

The good thing about the config option is that there's now a single point
to enable or disable -Werror.  In the past, maintainers sprinkled -Werror
all over the various Makefiles in the tree, which means you have to
edit multiple files to disable it again.

Background: I've been investigating an issue that involved building old
v2.6.x kernels. Apart from having to use very old compilers, it still caused
compiler warnings that obviously weren't seen with the slightly different
compiler versions used by maintainers who added -Werror.



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