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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 0/6] add support for relative references in special sections
On 27 June 2018 at 17:15, Will Deacon <> wrote:
> Hi Ard,
> On Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 08:27:55PM +0200, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
>> This adds support for emitting special sections such as initcall arrays,
>> PCI fixups and tracepoints as relative references rather than absolute
>> references. This reduces the size by 50% on 64-bit architectures, but
>> more importantly, it removes the need for carrying relocation metadata
>> for these sections in relocatable kernels (e.g., for KASLR) that needs
>> to be fixed up at boot time. On arm64, this reduces the vmlinux footprint
>> of such a reference by 8x (8 byte absolute reference + 24 byte RELA entry
>> vs 4 byte relative reference)
>> Patch #3 was sent out before as a single patch. This series supersedes
>> the previous submission. This version makes relative ksymtab entries
>> dependent on the new Kconfig symbol HAVE_ARCH_PREL32_RELOCATIONS rather
>> than trying to infer from kbuild test robot replies for which architectures
>> it should be blacklisted.
>> Patch #1 introduces the new Kconfig symbol HAVE_ARCH_PREL32_RELOCATIONS,
>> and sets it for the main architectures that are expected to benefit the
>> most from this feature, i.e., 64-bit architectures or ones that use
>> runtime relocations.
>> Patch #2 add support for #define'ing __DISABLE_EXPORTS to get rid of
>> ksymtab/kcrctab sections in decompressor and EFI stub objects when
>> rebuilding existing C files to run in a different context.
> I had a small question on patch 3, but it's really for my understanding.
> So, for patches 1-3:
> Reviewed-by: Will Deacon <>

Thanks all.

Thomas, Ingo,

Except for the below tweak against patch #3 for powerpc, which may
apparently get confused by an input section called .discard without
any suffixes, this series is good to go, but requires your ack to
proceed, so I would like to ask you to share your comments and/or
objections. Also, any suggestions or recommendations regarding the
route these patches should take are highly appreciated.


diff --git a/include/linux/compiler.h b/include/linux/compiler.h
index 2d9c63f41031..61c844d4ab48 100644
--- a/include/linux/compiler.h
+++ b/include/linux/compiler.h
@@ -287,7 +287,7 @@ unsigned long read_word_at_a_time(const void *addr)
* visible to the compiler.
#define __ADDRESSABLE(sym) \
- static void * __attribute__((section(".discard"), used)) \
+ static void * __attribute__((section(".discard.addressable"), used)) \
__PASTE(__addressable_##sym, __LINE__) = (void *)&sym;

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