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Re: [PATCH] Always define referenced __start_SECNAME/__stop_SECNAME

On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 4:32 PM, Alan Modra <> wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 03:46:49PM -0700, H.J. Lu wrote:
>> This patch changes linker to always define referenced __start_SECNAME and
>> __stop_SECNAME if the input section name is the same output section name,
>> which is always true for orphaned sections, and SECNAME is a C identifier.
> I think this change is reasonable.
>> Also __start_SECNAME and __stop_SECNAME symbols are marked as hidden by
>> ELF linker.
> Why is this necessary?  Also, you make another change in behaviour

It is to make sure that  __start_SECNAME and __stop_SECNAME
symbols     for section SECNAME in different modules are unique.

> that you don't mention:  __start and __stop symbols were previously
> defined by ld -Ur, not just at final link.  You'll need to modify

Is there a testcase for this behavior?

> lang_set_startof to keep this behaviour (and be careful to not change
> .startof. and .sizeof. syms).

I have an updated patch to address:


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