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[sr #110360] AC_CANONICAL_HOST sets wrong $host_cpu on Raspberry Pi 3

From: Karl Berry
Subject: [sr #110360] AC_CANONICAL_HOST sets wrong $host_cpu on Raspberry Pi 3
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2020 17:27:51 -0500 (EST)
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                 Summary: AC_CANONICAL_HOST sets wrong $host_cpu on Raspberry
Pi 3
                 Project: Autoconf
            Submitted by: karl
            Submitted on: Tue 03 Nov 2020 02:27:50 PM PST
                Category: None
                Priority: 5 - Normal
                Severity: 3 - Normal
                  Status: None
                 Privacy: Public
             Assigned to: None
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             Open/Closed: Open
         Discussion Lock: Any
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Maybe it is really for Autoconf?
(I have no clue about arm architecture variants myself.)

I will copy the text here (unfortunately I expect it will be mangled by the
web form). The reporter is Viktor Engelmann <viktor.engelmann <at>

I'm trying to port a project to docker and I'm also testing it on my
Raspberry Pi 3B+

when I *./configure* and *make* the project, it fails with this message

gcc: error: unrecognized -mcpu target: armv7l
gcc: note: valid arguments are: arm8 arm810 strongarm [...] cortex-a53 [...]
gcc: error: missing argument to '-march='

lscpu says this:

Architecture:        armv7l
Byte Order:          Little Endian
CPU(s):              4
On-line CPU(s) list: 0-3
Thread(s) per core:  1
Core(s) per socket:  4
Socket(s):           1
Vendor ID:           ARM
Model:               4
Model name:          Cortex-A53
Stepping:            r0p4
CPU max MHz:         1200.0000
CPU min MHz:         600.0000
BogoMIPS:            38.40
Flags:               half thumb fastmult vfp edsp neon vfpv3 tls vfpv4
idiva idi
                     vt vfpd32 lpae evtstrm crc32

So it seems to me that AC_CANONICAL_HOST sets $host_cpu to armv7l,
although that is the Architecture and should be passed to -march
instead. -mcpu should get the Model name.

I couldn't get it to accept the --host=cpu-os-abi parameter, because
cortex-a35 contains a dash and that seems to confuse autoconf (that
produces the error message Invalid configuration
`cortex-a53-unknown-linux-gnueabihf': machine `cortex-a53-unknown' not
recognized). I did manage to compile with
--host=native-unknown-linux-gnueabihf, but I'd rather not define a fixed
ABI, because that would break the cross-platform compatibility of the

I'm using autoconf 2.69 from the docker base image "ubuntu:latest".


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