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Re: Section (.sdata2) being omitted but SIZEOF(.sdata2) is not zero?

On Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 03:16:20PM +0000, Douglas Graham wrote:
> > 
> > Yes, I think you've nailed it (a nice debugging effort!).  We strip sections early
> > based on their sizes before relaxation.  Your .sdata2 section is empty except
> > for the padding, and the layout before relaxation just happens to need no
> > padding.  After relaxation you need padding but the section with the padding
> > has gone.  :-(
> Does this fully explain the case where both .sdata2 is missing *and* the following .data section is not aligned on a 4KB boundary?  I can't find an elf file showing that at the moment, but I think I included objdump output somewhere in this thread showing it.  IIRC, .data started 0x200 bytes beyond a page  boundary.  I think the phantom .sdata2 section was 0x400 bytes in that case.

Yes, it does explain that situation.  The one it doesn't fully explain
is when .sdata2 has been removed and the following .data section needs
padding to be aligned to a 4k boundary, and .data *is* aligned to 4k.

I think it likely your .data section is aligned by virtue of
containing input sections that are aligned (probably to a 0x200
boundary from what you're saying), so that would explain 0x200
alignment.  Sometimes that also happens to be 0x1000 alignment.

Alan Modra
Australia Development Lab, IBM

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