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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 2/2] Kbuild: avoid partial linking of drivers/built-in.o
On Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 02:42:24PM -0400, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> On Tue, 31 Mar 2015, Dave Martin wrote:


> > We'd need to avoid pruning needed code that has no explicit caller,
> > and functions that are part of the kernel/module ABI but not used
> > within vmlinux.
> Those are usually located in special sections, like the initcall table,
> the CPU entry table, etc. The linker allows for those sections to be
> marked with KEEP() not to prune them.

True. See what breaks, I guess.

> > The GCC docs suggest that -ffunction-sections may impact performance
> > and/or increase code size, but I don't know by how much. Maybe it
> > interferes with inling.
> It doesn't interfere with inlining. However it impose a section
> alignment on every function. That still can be overriden though. Also, I
> suppose that gcc may not assume that calls to a global function that
> happens to be located in the same C file will be close by anymore,
> however I don't see this having any impact on ARM code generation.

More veneers may be introduced during linking, and it's likely that
cache/TLB locality would be affected, but I've no idea whether the
impact would be significant.


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