[CMake] [CMAKE] cmake_device_link.o: nvcc fatal: Unknown option 'Wl, -start-group'

Alvin Chu chujingjun at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 00:59:14 EDT 2018

Thank you Marc, here we have to put " -Wl,-start-group" and "  -Wl,-end-group"
in  target_link_libraries because these two link flags are special, must
used between link targets.
Now my way to fix is to use "-Xlinker -start-group" and "-Xlinker
-end-group" instead.


On Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 11:45 PM Marc CHEVRIER <marc.chevrier at gmail.com>

> Hi,
> To avoid this, put link flags in ‘LINK_FLAGS’ target properly.
> ´target_link_libraries’ is populating ´LINK_LIBRARIES’ target property.
> Le sam. 8 sept. 2018 à 01:40, Alvin Chu <chujingjun at gmail.com> a écrit :
>> Hi cmake team,
>> I'm using cmake 3.12.1, and building a project which has cuda codes, the
>> cmake file looks like,
>> list(APPEND ALL_OBJECTS  $<TARGET_OBJECTS: normal_obj>)
>> add_library(lib1 SHARED ${ALL_OBJECTS})
>> list(APPEND ALL_LIBRARIES -Wl,-start-group)
>> list(APPEND ALL_LIBRARIES -Wl,-end-group)
>> target_link_libraries(lib1 ${ALL_LIBRARIES})
>> Now for this project, cmake will generate a cmake_device_link.o, using
>> the link flags in lib1, then I got error
>> nvcc   fatal   : Unknown option 'Wl,-start-group'
>> I checked cmake source code, and seems cmake doesn't check if the link
>> flags in lib1 is supported by nvcc or not, and it directly passed all the
>> flag to nvcc which caused the problem. Maybe this is one way to fix this
>> issue.
>> I also noticed cmMakefileLibraryTargetGenerator::WriteStaticLibraryRules
>> will check CUDA_RESOLVE_DEVICE_SYMBOLS to decide if need generate
>> cmake_device_link.o or not,
>> but cmMakefileLibraryTargetGenerator::WriteSharedLibraryRules don't, I
>> tried add this check in cmMakefileLibraryTargetGenerator::WriteSharedLibraryRules,
>> and my build can success w/o cmake_device_link.o, so maybe this is also
>> a way to fix the issue.
>> I'm new to cmake, so if there's any better way to solve my problem,
>> please let me know.
>> Thanks.
>> Alvin
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