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Re: How do I get ld to pull sections from archived objects?

Hi Andreas,

Yes, I'm using --gc-sections currently.

Are you saying that I have to put it twice, one without KEEP to get it
in, and another with it to actually keep it?

My understanding is that KEEP only modifies the original specification
so that the garbage collector avoids dropping it.

My question is, Why do I have to have an actual object file either in
an INPUT() or in the command line to get the "*(my_special_thing)" to
pick the section, but it doesn't work if the object file is inside an
archive, say "libmyspecials.a", which is in a GROUP()?


On Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 11:47 AM, Andreas Schwab <> wrote:
> David Fernandez <> writes:
>> {
>> ...
>>     my_special_thing ORIGIN(rom) : {
>>         KEEP(*(my_special_thing))
>>     }
>> ...
>> }
>> If all the objects containing "my_special_thing" section are in
>> archives, this section never makes it to the final elf file.
> The KEEP operator is not about forcing a reference, only about not
> dropping it, if --gc-sections is in effect.  It will not change in any
> way which inputs are considered for inclusion until the garbage
> collector runs.  Thus it has no effect unless --gc-sections is used.
> Andreas.
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