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Re: Unused functions not being removed

Thanks for the response.

This is my first time really posting on the mailing lists.
So, should I submit this as a bug or is it enough that it's posted here?


On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 11:10 PM, Alan Modra <> wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 10:33:54PM -0400, Asm Twiddler wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> I have recently noticed that some of the unused functions in my code
>> aren't being removed.
>> It appears that the problem occurs due to ld, but only when building
>> for the avr.
>> My code is compiled using -fdata-sections and -ffunction-sections to
>> create object files.
>> Then, per each source directory, different object files are combined
>> into one object via "ld -r".
>> Finally, those objects are compiled together using gcc --gc-sections.
>> This should remove any unused functions, as it does under x86, but fails on avr.
>> After running objdump on the various objects, it appears that gcc is
>> correctly creating the sections, but "ld -r" is removing the separate
>> sections.
>> Is this supposed to happen and is there a way to disable this?
> ld -r is supposed to merge sections of the same name.  If ld -r is
> doing more than that, eg. putting and into .text,
> then that would be a ld -r bug on avr.  From the look of
> ld/scripttempl/ I'd guess exactly that is happening.
> *(.text.*) there ought to be ${RELOCATING+*(.text.*)} and a whole lot
> of other lines similarly.
> --
> Alan Modra
> Australia Development Lab, IBM

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