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SubjectRe: section mismatch with a platform driver
Neshama Parhoti wrote:

> Hi Adrian and thank you for the help!
>
> On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 10:51 AM, Adrian Bunk <bunk@kernel.org> wrote:
>
>> On Mon, Oct 13, 2008 at 10:19:05AM +0200, Neshama Parhoti wrote:
>>
>>> WARNING: vmlinux.o(.data+0x44bc4): Section mismatch: reference to
>>> .init.text:my_probe_func (between 'my_platform_struct' and
>>> 'debug_level_variable')
>>>
>>> If I understand correctly, it shouts about my probe function being
>>> referenced from the data section:
>>>
>>> static struct platform_driver my_platform_struct = {
>>> .probe = my_probe_func,
>>> .remove = my_remove,
>>> .suspend = my_suspend,
>>> .resume = my_resume,
>>> .driver = {
>>> .name = DRIVER_NAME,
>>> },
>>> };
>>>
>>>
>> It complains about "my_probe_func", and that's not even in the code
>> you posted.
>>
>
> It happens even if I use an empty function like this:
>
> static int __init my_probe_func(struct platform_device *pdev)
> {
> return 0;
> }
>
>
> any idea what's the problem ?
>
That __init macro marks the probe function as "throw after init" - it
tells the compiler to put this function in a separate ELF section that
the kernel automatically frees when module init is done, but you are
referencing this function in a structure that is not marked as "throw
after init".

Can't be sure without seeing the whole picture, but the most probable
solution is to drop that __init from the probe function. It's seems
wrong as in theory the probe function can be called at any time in the
life of the kernel, not just in this module init, even if in practice
this will never happen, as I suspect is the case with such a platform
driver.

Gilad



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