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Re: [PATCH] Properly detect working jobserver in gcc driver.

> On Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 10:50 AM Jakub Jelinek <> wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, Aug 02, 2019 at 10:47:10AM +0200, Martin Liška wrote:
> > > > Can you strace if other fds are opened and not closed in the spot you had it
> > > > before?  Advantage of doing it there is that it will not be done for all the
> > > > -E/-S/-c compilations when the linker is not spawned.
> > >
> > > I've used the same trick which you used and I'm attaching the output.
> > > I believe it's fine, I can't see any opened fd by GCC.
> >
> > LGTM.
> Btw, we discussed yesterday on the phone and the conclusion was to
> make -flto auto-detect a job-server (but not fall back to # of threads)
> and add -flto=auto to auto-detect a job-server and fall back to # of threads.
> That basically makes -flto=jobserver the default behavior which means
> we should document -flto=1 as a way to override jobserver detection.

And concerning to the yesterday discussion, my preference would still be
-flto to first try presence of jobserver and default to number of
threads otherwise. It seems like user friendly default to me and other
tools with reasonable parallelism support usually behaves this way, too.

Sure one can use -flto=auto everywhere but then one needs to use
different options for differnt compilers.  It would be nice to make
-flto to do right hting for majority of users including those like me
who cut&paste command lines from Make output and execute them by hand.

The fork bombing is IMO relatively rare and it was not what Jakub ran
into (it was broken jobserv detection). 
After all whole distro built with Martin's orriginal approach of
-flto=<nthreads> which forkbombs on every possible occasion. 

Said that, I could live with more conservative defaults.

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