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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 0/3] kbuild: allow symbol whitelisting with TRIM_UNUSED_KSYM
On Wed, 12 Feb 2020, Quentin Perret wrote:

> The current norm on Android and many other systems is for vendors to
> introduce significant changes to their downstream kernels, and to
> contribute very little (if any) code back upstream. The Generic Kernel
> Image (GKI) project in Android attempts to improve the status-quo by
> having a unique kernel for all android devices of the same architecture,
> regardless of the SoC vendor. The key idea is to make all interested
> parties agree on a common solution, and contribute their code upstream
> to make it available to use by the wider community.
> The kernel-to-drivers ABI on Android devices varies significantly from
> one vendor kernel to another today because of changes to exported
> symbols, dependencies on vendor symbols, and surely other things. The
> first step for GKI is to try and put some order into this by agreeing on
> one version of the ABI that works for everybody.
> For practical reasons, we need to reduce the ABI surface to a subset of
> the exported symbols, simply to make the problem realistically solvable,
> but there is currently no upstream support for this use-case.
> As such, this series attempts to improve the situation by enabling users
> to specify a symbol 'whitelist' at compile time. Any symbol specified in
> this whitelist will be kept exported when CONFIG_TRIM_UNUSED_KSYMS is
> set, even if it has no in-tree user. The whitelist is defined as a
> simple text file, listing symbols, one per line.

For the whole series:

Acked-by: Nicolas Pitre <>


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