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Subject[PATCH] scripts/faddr2line: s/vmlinux.o/vmlinux
Fix Peter Zijlstra's use case of running faddr2line on vmlinux.o.  This
avoids (for now) the task of having to make this script a lot smarter.

Fixes the following issue:

$ ./scripts/faddr2line vmlinux.o enter_from_user_mode+0x24
bad symbol size: base: 0x0000000000005fe0 end: 0x0000000000005fe0

Reported-by: Peter Zijlstra <>
Signed-off-by: Josh Poimboeuf <>
scripts/faddr2line | 13 +++++++++++++
1 file changed, 13 insertions(+)

diff --git a/scripts/faddr2line b/scripts/faddr2line
index 2a130134f1e6..564774803b9f 100755
--- a/scripts/faddr2line
+++ b/scripts/faddr2line
@@ -202,6 +202,19 @@ LIST=0
[[ ! -f $objfile ]] && die "can't find objfile $objfile"

+# HACK: s/vmlinux.o/vmlinux
+# peterz likes to run this script on vmlinux.o, which is more likely to run up
+# against the inherent limitations of this script being based on 'nm', which
+# lumps the symbol offsets of all text sections together. If the offset is
+# valid for multiple text sections, faddr2line will get confused.
+# This issue doesn't *only* affect vmlinux.o, but vmlinux.o is most likely to
+# see it compared to other .o files. Someday, if necessary, we may need to
+# instead turn this script into a much smarter one which relies on a real tool
+# like readelf which can differentiate between text sections.
find_dir_prefix $objfile

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