[LEDE-DEV] undefined reference to `memmove' caused by __builtin_memmove()

Mehrtens, Hauke hauke.mehrtens at intel.com
Mon Feb 20 06:10:36 PST 2017

When I compile MIPS malta with the LEDE patches on kernel 4.9 I get this error in the kernel build:

  CC      arch/mips/boot/compressed/decompress.o
  OBJCOPY arch/mips/boot/compressed/vmlinux.bin
  XZKERN  arch/mips/boot/compressed/vmlinux.bin.z
  OBJCOPY arch/mips/boot/compressed/piggy.o
  LD      vmlinuz
arch/mips/boot/compressed/decompress.o: In function `lzma2_lzma':
/tmp2/mehrtens/linux/arch/mips/boot/compressed/../../../../lib/xz/xz_dec_lzma2.c:884: undefined reference to `memmove'
make[1]: *** [vmlinuz] Error 1
make: *** [vmlinuz] Error 2 

This is caused by this option selected in the MIPS Malta target: SYS_SUPPORTS_ZBOOT 

This is caused by this patch from LEDE:
This was initially committed here:

When I remove the "#define memmove ..." from the string.h it works for me, I also checked the GCC documentation and it does not list __builtin_memmove() as an official interface here: https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/Other-Builtins.html

I would like to remove the optimization for memmove as it uses an unofficial GCC API.

The problem is that I do not fully understand this patch and it is not good documented. 
Why are the __buildin_ functions only called when the length is *not* a __builtin_constant_p() or smaller than 64 bytes?
Doesn't the compiler automatically replaces a call to memcpy() and similar functions with the build in version when he things it is good to do so?

Hauke Mehrtens

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