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Re: [committed, PATCH] Add -mshared option to x86 ELF assembler

On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 4:05 AM, H.J. Lu <> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 1:32 AM, Markus Trippelsdorf
> <> wrote:
>> On 2015.05.15 at 03:34 -0700, H.J. Lu wrote:
>>> This patch adds -mshared option to x86 ELF assembler.  By default,
>>> assembler will optimize out non-PLT relocations against defined non-weak
>>> global branch targets with default visibility.  The -mshared option tells
>>> the assembler to generate code which may go into a shared library
>>> where all non-weak global branch targets with default visibility can
>>> be preempted.  The resulting code is slightly bigger.  This option
>>> only affects the handling of branch instructions.
>>> This Linux kernel patch is needed to create a working x86 Linux kernel if
>>> it hasn't been applied:
>>> diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S b/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S
>>> index ae6588b..b91a00c 100644
>>> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S
>>> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/head_64.S
>>> @@ -339,8 +339,8 @@ early_idt_handlers:
>>>       i = i + 1
>>>       .endr
>>> -/* This is global to keep gas from relaxing the jumps */
>>> -ENTRY(early_idt_handler)
>>> +/* This is weak to keep gas from relaxing the jumps */
>>> +WEAK(early_idt_handler)
>>>       cld
>> Have you posted the patch to LKML already?
>> (I hit this issue today and it took me a while to figure out the cause.)
> A kernel patch will be checked in soon.

It already is:

It's currently queued for 4.2.

Ingo, would it make sense to promote this to 4.1?  It's definitely a
violation of the "no development after the merge window" rule, but
it's sort of a build fix.  Alternatively, we could ask Greg et al to
backport it.


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