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Subject[Patch 1/4] avoid entry.S functions from reordering
This patch puts the code from head.S in a special .bootstrap.text

I'm working on a patch to reorder the functions in the kernel (I'll post
that later), but for x86-64 at least the kernel bootstrap requires that the
head.S functions are on the very first page/pages of the kernel text. This
is understandable since the bootstrap is complex enough already and not a
problem at all, it just means they aren't allowed to be reordered. This
patch puts these special functions into a separate section to document this,
and to guarantee this in the light of possibly reordering the rest later.

(So this patch doesn't fix a bug per se, but makes things more robust by
making the order of these functions explicit)

Signed-off-by: Arjan van de Ven <>
arch/x86_64/kernel/head.S | 1 +
arch/x86_64/kernel/ | 1 +
2 files changed, 2 insertions(+)

Index: linux-reorder2/arch/x86_64/kernel/head.S
--- linux-reorder2.orig/arch/x86_64/kernel/head.S
+++ linux-reorder2/arch/x86_64/kernel/head.S
@@ -26,6 +26,7 @@

+ .section .bootstrap.text
.globl startup_32
/* %bx: 1 if coming from smp trampoline on secondary cpu */
Index: linux-reorder2/arch/x86_64/kernel/
--- linux-reorder2.orig/arch/x86_64/kernel/
+++ linux-reorder2/arch/x86_64/kernel/
@@ -20,6 +20,7 @@ SECTIONS
phys_startup_64 = startup_64 - LOAD_OFFSET;
_text = .; /* Text and read-only data */
.text : AT(ADDR(.text) - LOAD_OFFSET) {
+ *(.bootstrap.text)
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