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SubjectRe: [PATCH] RISC-V: Make BSS section as the last section in vmlinux.lds.S
On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 2:10 AM Palmer Dabbelt <palmer@sifive.com> wrote:
>
> On Mon, 17 Dec 2018 01:36:45 PST (-0800), anup@brainfault.org wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 11:42 AM Anup Patel <anup@brainfault.org> wrote:
> >>
> >> The objcopy only emits loadable sections when creating flat kernel
> >> Image. To have minimal possible size of flat kernel Image, we should
> >> have all non-loadable sections after loadable sections.
> >>
> >> Currently, execption table section (loadable section) is after BSS
> >> section (non-loadable section) in the RISC-V vmlinux.lds.S. This
> >> is not optimal for having minimal flat kernel Image size hence this
> >> patch makes BSS section as the last section in RISC-V vmlinux.lds.S.
> >>
> >> In addition, we make BSS section aligned to 16byte instead of PAGE
> >> aligned which further reduces flat kernel Image size by few KBs.
> >>
> >> The flat kernel Image size of Linux-4.20-rc4 using GCC 8.2.0 is
> >> 8819980 bytes with current RISC-V vmlinux.lds.S and it reduces to
> >> 7991740 bytes with this patch applied using GCC 8.2.0. In summary,
> >> this patch reduces Linux-4.20-rc4 flat kernel Image size by 809 KB.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Anup Patel <anup@brainfault.org>
> >> ---
> >> arch/riscv/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S | 4 ++--
> >> 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
> >>
> >> diff --git a/arch/riscv/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S b/arch/riscv/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S
> >> index 65df1dfdc303..cc99eed44931 100644
> >> --- a/arch/riscv/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S
> >> +++ b/arch/riscv/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S
> >> @@ -74,8 +74,6 @@ SECTIONS
> >> *(.sbss*)
> >> }
> >>
> >> - BSS_SECTION(PAGE_SIZE, PAGE_SIZE, 0)
> >> -
> >> EXCEPTION_TABLE(0x10)
> >> NOTES
> >>
> >> @@ -83,6 +81,8 @@ SECTIONS
> >> *(.rel.dyn*)
> >> }
> >>
> >> + BSS_SECTION(0x10, 0x10, 0x10)
> >> +
> >> _end = .;
> >>
> >> STABS_DEBUG
> >> --
> >> 2.17.1
> >>
> >
> > Hi All,
> >
> > Any comment on this patch?
>
> Sorry, I haven't had a chance to look at it yet. Aside from the macro issue
> mentioned by Nick it seems OK.

I have send v2 to address Nick's comment.

Regards,
Anup

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