Issue #16694 has been updated by vo.x (Vit Ondruch).


k0kubun (Takashi Kokubun) wrote in #note-2:
> > I worry that with disabled PCH, the Ruby performance with JIT will be even worser without JIT.
> 
> It's just for reducing compilation time. We should be able to support compiling it without PCH. I don't think it's a big deal.

But how about performance? It has to lead to slower compilation (at least the second time). I worry about usability of JIT with disabled PCH. At least it would be cool if we can document somewhere the impact, so people can decide if they want use GCC with some performance impact due to disabled PCH or used Clang with full performance.

> I'll prepare a feature to disable PCH enabled by configure for RHEL.

Thx. This configuration option would be valuable at least for testing at minimum.

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Bug #16694: JIT vs hardened GCC with PCH
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/16694#change-84710

* Author: vo.x (Vit Ondruch)
* Status: Assigned
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: k0kubun (Takashi Kokubun)
* ruby -v: ruby 2.6.3p62 (2019-04-16 revision 67580) [x86_64-linux]
* Backport: 2.5: UNKNOWN, 2.6: UNKNOWN, 2.7: UNKNOWN
----------------------------------------
Preparing Ruby package for RHEL 8, I observe the following error:

~~~
$ cd /builddir/build/BUILD/ruby-2.6.3/

$ make test-all TESTS=test/ruby/test_rubyvm_mjit.rb 
Run options: "--ruby=./miniruby -I./lib -I. -I.ext/common  ./tool/runruby.rb --extout=.ext  -- --disable-gems" --excludes-dir=./test/excludes --name=!/memory_leak/

# Running tests:

[1/4] TestRubyVMMJIT#test_pause = 0.24 s
  1) Failure:
TestRubyVMMJIT#test_pause [/builddir/build/BUILD/ruby-2.6.3/test/ruby/test_rubyvm_mjit.rb:32]:
unexpected stdout:
'''
truefalsefalse```

stderr:
'''
/tmp/_ruby_mjit_p712u0.c:1:37: error: one or more PCH files were found, but they were invalid
 #include "/tmp/_ruby_mjit_hp712u0.h"
                                     ^
compilation terminated due to -Wfatal-errors.
/tmp/_ruby_mjit_p712u1.c:1:37: error: one or more PCH files were found, but they were invalid
 #include "/tmp/_ruby_mjit_hp712u0.h"
                                     ^
compilation terminated due to -Wfatal-errors.
/tmp/_ruby_mjit_p712u2.c:1:37: error: one or more PCH files were found, but they were invalid
 #include "/tmp/_ruby_mjit_hp712u0.h"
                                     ^
compilation terminated due to -Wfatal-errors.
/tmp/_ruby_mjit_p712u3.c:1:37: error: one or more PCH files were found, but they were invalid
 #include "/tmp/_ruby_mjit_hp712u0.h"
                                     ^
compilation terminated due to -Wfatal-errors.
/tmp/_ruby_mjit_p712u4.c:1:37: error: one or more PCH files were found, but they were invalid
 #include "/tmp/_ruby_mjit_hp712u0.h"
                                     ^
compilation terminated due to -Wfatal-errors.
Successful MJIT finish
```.
<5> expected but was
<0>.

Finished tests in 0.937667s, 4.2659 tests/s, 24.5290 assertions/s.  
4 tests, 23 assertions, 1 failures, 0 errors, 0 skips

ruby -v: ruby 2.6.3p62 (2019-04-16 revision 67580) [x86_64-linux]
make: *** [uncommon.mk:761: yes-test-all] Error 1
~~~

As it turns out, this is because GCC in RHEL is fully hardened. Unfortunately, due to GCC design, when GCC is fully hardened, it cannot properly handle PCH due to memory address relocation. Moreover, PCH are also security risk, so it seems they are going to be disabled entirely on RHEL.

Now I wonder what is the impact on Ruby JIT. I worry that with disabled PCH, the Ruby performance with JIT will be even worser without JIT. May be it is not good idea to use GCC for JIT. What are your thoughts?

The original ticket with all the details is here [1].

[1]: https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1721553



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