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"-v" in CFLAGS breaks autoconf -fPIC and some other tests

From: Knut Petersen
Subject: "-v" in CFLAGS breaks autoconf -fPIC and some other tests
Date: Sat, 21 Jul 2012 08:20:48 +0200
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Hi everybody!

While debugging a xorg modules loading  failure I found that the test for -fPIC
support wrongly judges that the compiler does not support PIC code generation
whenever CFLAGS contains "-v" or "--verbose", see xorg bug 41208. 

The reason is obvious - the autoconf "-fPIC" test assumes that any additional
output during the test compilation is caused by a compiler warning, but in
verbose mode that output it is caused by the compile process.

The inclusion of "-v" into CFLAGS for an xorg build causes compilation
without -fPIC, hence no position independent code is generated, hence
lazy symbol resolution does not work, hence dlopen() calls used to
load xorg modules fail.

btw: Some other standard tests share the same broken mechanism.

I think this needs to be fixed as probably almost nobody knows or suspects
that enabling verbose compiler output has the side effect of disabling
generation of position independent code. Maybe the easiest way would
be to strip "-v"  and "--verbose" from CFLAGS for those tests.

autoconf version used: 2.68 (this problems seems to be old, I found
related discussions dating back to at least 2007)


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