Commit f7adc312 authored by Masahiro Yamada's avatar Masahiro Yamada
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kbuild: create built-in.o automatically if parent directory wants it

"obj-y += foo/" syntax requires Kbuild to visit the "foo" subdirectory
and link built-in.o from that directory.  This means foo/Makefile is
responsible for creating built-in.o even if there is no object to
link (in this case, built-in.o is an empty archive).

We have had several fixups like commit 4b024242

 ("kbuild: Fix
linking error built-in.o no such file or directory"), then ended up
with a complex condition as follows:

  ifneq ($(strip $(obj-y) $(obj-m) $(obj-) $(subdir-m) $(lib-target)),)
  builtin-target := $(obj)/built-in.o

We still have more cases not covered by the above, so we need to add
  obj- := dummy.o
in several places just for creating empty built-in.o.

A key point is, the parent Makefile knows whether built-in.o is needed
or not.  If a subdirectory needs to create built-in.o, its parent can
tell the fact when descending.

If non-empty $(need-builtin) flag is passed from the parent, built-in.o
should be created.  $(obj-y) should be still checked to support the
single target "%/".  All of ugly tricks will go away.
Signed-off-by: Masahiro Yamada's avatarMasahiro Yamada <>
Reviewed-by: default avatarSam Ravnborg <>
parent 16f8259c
......@@ -1009,7 +1009,7 @@ $(sort $(vmlinux-deps)): $(vmlinux-dirs) ;
PHONY += $(vmlinux-dirs)
$(vmlinux-dirs): prepare scripts
$(Q)$(MAKE) $(build)=$@
$(Q)$(MAKE) $(build)=$@ need-builtin=1
define filechk_kernel.release
echo "$(KERNELVERSION)$$($(CONFIG_SHELL) $(srctree)/scripts/setlocalversion $(srctree))"
......@@ -76,7 +76,7 @@ lib-target := $(obj)/lib.a
obj-y += $(obj)/lib-ksyms.o
ifneq ($(strip $(obj-y) $(obj-m) $(obj-) $(subdir-m) $(lib-target)),)
ifneq ($(strip $(obj-y) $(need-builtin)),)
builtin-target := $(obj)/built-in.o
......@@ -561,7 +561,7 @@ targets := $(filter-out $(PHONY), $(targets))
PHONY += $(subdir-ym)
$(Q)$(MAKE) $(build)=$@
$(Q)$(MAKE) $(build)=$@ need-builtin=$(if $(findstring $@,$(subdir-obj-y)),1)
# Add FORCE to the prequisites of a target to force it to be always rebuilt.
# ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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