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    SubjectRe: [RFC] Force build error on undefined symbols
    Russell King wrote:
    > Hi,
    > I've checked the date, and it isn't April Fools day. I wish it was
    > though.
    > It appears that all binutils versions for ARM which are capable of
    > building 2.6 kernels which have been tested so far contain a serious
    > bug - it is possible to successfully link an object and still have
    > various symbols undefined. Currently, these binutils have been
    > tested on ARM (as cross-compilers and/or native) and found wanting:
    > GNU assembler 20030206
    > GNU assembler 2.14 20030612
    > GNU assembler 2.14.90 20031229
    > GNU ld version 20031029 Debian GNU/Linux
    > Assembleur GNU 20040303
    > So far, we have discovered two cases:
    > 1. When building a certain file, an undefined symbolic constant
    > (TI_USED_CP) ended up in the symbol table without a relocation,
    > and the value the assembler decided to use was '0'. The effect
    > of this is that we ended up setting bits in thread_info->flags.
    > This appears to be a binutils "as" error.
    > 2. When building the decompressor for ARM kernels, GCC appears to
    > inexplicably emit ".global" directives for symbols not defined
    > in the files being built, even though the symbols themselves are
    > not actually used. I'm not sure whether this is a real bug;
    > binutils on x86 appears to accept and link such objects.
    > In both cases, the linker successfully created executable programs
    > which ran. In the first case, it is a silent error; the kernel had
    > been linked, and able to run, but the program is not correct.
    > Obviously, the one true correct solution is to fix the toolchain and
    > upgrade to the latest version. However, since we have potentially
    > multiple binutils versions spread across more than a year affected,
    > I think we need to detect such errors as well.
    > Therefore, I propose the following patch to detect undefined symbols
    > in the final image and force an error if this is the case.
    > Comments?

    How about adding --no-undefined to LDFLAGS_vmlinux instead?

    Brian Gerst
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