Bug 224673 - misc/seabios: fails to link with lld as /usr/bin/ld and does honour LD env variable override
Summary: misc/seabios: fails to link with lld as /usr/bin/ld and does honour LD env va...
Status: Closed FIXED
Alias: None
Product: Ports & Packages
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Individual Port(s) (show other bugs)
Version: Latest
Hardware: Any Any
: --- Affects Only Me
Assignee: Roger Pau Monné
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Blocks: 214864
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Reported: 2017-12-29 14:53 UTC by Ed Maste
Modified: 2018-04-05 13:37 UTC (History)
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Conditionally set tools path (561 bytes, patch)
2017-12-29 17:28 UTC, Roger Pau Monné
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Force GNU ld usage (787 bytes, application/mbox)
2018-03-23 18:38 UTC, Roger Pau Monné
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Description Ed Maste freebsd_committer 2017-12-29 14:53:59 UTC
When lld is /usr/bin/ld (WITH_LLD_IS_LD in src.conf) seabios fails to build due to a test for an old binutils ld issue:

The version of LD on this system (ld) does not properly handle
alignments.  As a result, this project can not be built.

The problem may be the result of this LD bug report:

Please update to a working version of binutils and retry.

Normally we can use LLD_UNSAFE=yes in the ports Makefile which sets LD=ld.bfd and adds -fuse-ld=bfd to LDFLAGS, but seabios's Makefile doesn't honour LD set from the environment because it overrides it with:


FWIW lld also fails to link the test case, but I suspect the failure is not the same as the old binutils issue. I do not know if lld can successfully link seabios. lld's error (from the invocation in scripts/test-build.sh) is:

ld.lld: error: tmp/tmp_testcompile1.lds:4: unable to move location counter backward for: .mysection
Comment 1 Roger Pau Monné freebsd_committer 2017-12-29 16:16:09 UTC
Sabios already requires Gcc in order to compile, so I would just set USE_BINUTILS=yes to force it to use GNU ld.
Comment 2 Ed Maste freebsd_committer 2017-12-29 16:58:26 UTC
It fails with MAKE_BINUTILS as well, for the same reason; seabios ignores any attempt to specify the linker and just uses ld found in $PATH.
Comment 3 Roger Pau Monné freebsd_committer 2017-12-29 17:28:37 UTC
Created attachment 189198 [details]
Conditionally set tools path

I think something like this should work in order to pick the variables defined in the environment. I can send this upstream if it solves our issues.
Comment 4 Ed Maste freebsd_committer 2017-12-29 17:44:21 UTC
seabios builds for me with that patch, with lld as /usr/bin/ld and LLD_UNSAFE=yes in the port's Makefile
Comment 5 Roger Pau Monné freebsd_committer 2018-03-23 18:38:41 UTC
Created attachment 191758 [details]
Force GNU ld usage
Comment 6 Ed Maste freebsd_committer 2018-03-27 20:43:37 UTC
Via tobik@ in ports r465725, BINARY_ALIAS=ld=ld.bfd may be an effective workaround if LLD_UNSAFE does not work.
Comment 7 Roger Pau Monné freebsd_committer 2018-03-28 07:17:48 UTC
Oh, so it's better to use LLD_UNSAFE rather than USE_BINUTILS and setting LD?

I thought the proposed approach was better because it's exactly the same that SeaBIOS already uses in order to compile with GCC (USE_GCC and pass HOSTCC=... in the make rune).
Comment 8 Ed Maste freebsd_committer 2018-04-02 14:57:50 UTC
> Oh, so it's better to use LLD_UNSAFE rather than USE_BINUTILS and setting LD?

Either approach should work; I just went through all "failing with lld as /usr/bin/ld" PRs that were still open and added this info as a possible workaround in case other approaches weren't working.

I think your argument for the approach in your patch is fine and as the maintainer you should choose anyhow :-)
Comment 9 Roger Pau Monné freebsd_committer 2018-04-05 13:37:21 UTC
Should be fixed by r466430.