Building module on Mint on 5.4 kernels: fatal 'make' errors

Ilie Halip ilie.halip at
Fri Feb 7 14:19:01 CET 2020

My guess is you're installing the kernel from the Ubuntu PPA,, is that right?

I can reproduce this build error with a fresh 5.4.6 kernel. Turns out, these
kernels are built with a newer GCC (9.2.1). As such, the kernel's generated
headers have CONFIG_CC_HAS_ASM_INLINE=1. But your GCC (probably 7.4.0? that's
what I have on Mint 19.3 machine) doesn't support this feature.

I installed GCC 9 from a PPA and was able to build the module manually:
    $ KERNELRELEASE=5.4.6-050406-generic
make CC=gcc-9
    [ ...snip... ]
      MODPOST 1 modules
      CC [M]  /home/ihalip/Projects/wireguard/wireguard-linux-compat/src/wireguard.mod.o
      LD [M]  /home/ihalip/Projects/wireguard/wireguard-linux-compat/src/wireguard.ko

I imagine you'd see the same issue building any out-of-tree kernel module.


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