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Tag_CPU_name merging produces wrong tag for ARM.

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Subject: 	[Bug ld/17212] Tag_CPU_name merging produces wrong tag for ARM.
Date: 	Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:19:20 +0400
From: 	Maxim Ostapenko <>
CC: Yury Gribov <>, Slava Garbuzov <>


I tried to compile a binary optimized for ARM Cortex-A15 with ARM
Cortex-A8 cross-toolchain (host is x86_64-pc-linux-gnu), but
Tag_CPU_name appears to be "Cortex-A8" for the binary instead of
"Cortex-A15". The example session follows:

$ arm-v7a8-linux-gnueabi-gcc -O2 -mcpu=cortex-a15 divtest.c -o divtest.a15

$ readelf -A divtest.a15

Attribute Section: aeabi
File Attributes
Tag_CPU_name: "Cortex-A8"
Tag_CPU_arch: v7
Tag_DIV_use: Allowed in v7-A with integer division extension

After some investigation I found out, that Tag_CPU_name merging based on
Tag_CPU_arch. Since the first file to appear during linking is crt1.o,
which has Tag_CPU_name: "Cortex-A8" for A8 toolchain, the result
binary's Tag_CPU_name is also "Cortex-A8". Is this expected behavior of
ld, or maybe tags should be merged to a more specific "Cortex-A15"?
Perhaps we should use Tag_DIV_use when merging names?


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