compiler info in kernel identification string

Andriy Gapon avg at
Fri Nov 16 10:19:01 UTC 2012

This is starting to turn into a bikeshed, but anyway...

on 16/11/2012 12:00 Daniel Braniss said the following:
> the question as to what compiler was used to compile the kernel is a bit of an
> oxymoron, since the kernel is made up of many different modules, which get 
> compiled
> either by different compilers, or different compiler flags.

The canonical way to compile a kernel is to use buildkernel and compile modules
along with the kernel.  Other configurations are supported too, of course.

> since the compiler does 'sign' the modules it compiles (and clang will/should
> do it soon: some tool like
> file(1) could be modified to provide it, or config -x (8) ...

The key word in your note about clang is 'soon' as in 'not yet'.

Besides, when I see a bug report with a dmesg *I* want to immediately know what
compiler was used there.

> IMHO, the only meaningfull information added to uname was the svn/git(and 
> hopefully hg) rev. version.

Andriy Gapon

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