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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] modpost: move the namespace field in Module.symvers last
+++ John Stultz [31/03/20 15:09 -0700]:
>On Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 2:58 AM Jessica Yu <> wrote:
>> +++ John Stultz [30/03/20 23:25 -0700]:
>> >On Mon, Mar 30, 2020 at 10:49 PM John Stultz <> wrote:
>> >> The only difference I can find is that the Module.symvers in the
>> >> external module project doesn't seem to have a tab at the end of each
>> >> line (where as Module.symvers for the kernel - which doesn't seem to
>> >> have any namespace names - does).
>> >>
>> >> Is there something I need to tweak on the external Kbuild to get
>> >> Module.symvers to be generated properly (with the empty tab at the
>> >> end) for this new change?
>> >> Or does the parser need to be a bit more flexible?
>> >>
>> >
>> >One extra clue on this: I noticed the external module Makefile had
>> >KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS="$(EXTRA_SYMBOLS)" in the $(MAKE) string, where
>> >EXTRA_SYMBOLS pointed to some files that no longer exist. I removed
>> >the KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS= argument, and magically, the generated
>> >Module.symvers now had tabs at the end of each line.
>> >
>> >I wonder if there some path in the KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS= handling that
>> >isn't generating the output in the same way?
>> I'm afraid we're going to need some specifics on reproducing this
>> issue. Could you provide a reproducer or steps on how to reproduce? I
>> have not been able to trigger this problem even with
>> KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS pointing to an invalid path (I also tested with
>> valid paths).
>> I tested with a skeleton external module that exports two functions,
>> one with a namespace and one without. I built this module against the
>> latest v5.6 kernel. The generated Module.symvers was correct - the
>> namespaced function had the namespace at the end and the other
>> function without a namespace had a tab at the end.
>> I also tested with two external modules, one with a symbol dependency
>> on the other, so KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS usage is required here. The
>> generated Module.symvers was also correct here.
>> The only advice I can offer at this time is that all external modules
>> must be built against the new kernel to generate a correctly formated
>> Module.symvers file. If you have any KBUILD_EXTRA_SYMBOLS pointing to
>> an outdated Module.symvers file for example, you will see the "FATAL:
>> parse error in symbol dump file" error.
>Well, my apologies. :( In the light of day, this isn't reproducing
>anymore. I'm a bit at a loss as to why I was tripping over it so
>regularly before, but I suspect something in the build is leaving a
>stale Modules.symvers around from before this patch landed.
>Terribly sorry for the noise.

No problem, thank for reporting back!


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