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Subject[PATCH 2.6.17-rc6 9/9] Keep the __init functions after initialization
From: Catalin Marinas <>

This patch adds the CONFIG_DEBUG_KEEP_INIT option which preserves the
.init.text section after initialization. Memory leaks happening during this
phase can be more easily tracked.

Signed-off-by: Catalin Marinas <>

include/linux/init.h | 4 ++++
lib/Kconfig.debug | 10 ++++++++++
2 files changed, 14 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/init.h b/include/linux/init.h
index 93dcbe1..198edb5 100644
--- a/include/linux/init.h
+++ b/include/linux/init.h
@@ -41,7 +41,11 @@ #include <linux/compiler.h>

/* These are for everybody (although not all archs will actually
discard it in modules) */
+#define __init
#define __init __attribute__ ((__section__ (".init.text")))
#define __initdata __attribute__ ((__section__ ("")))
#define __exitdata __attribute__ ((__section__("")))
#define __exit_call __attribute_used__ __attribute__ ((__section__ (".exitcall.exit")))
diff --git a/lib/Kconfig.debug b/lib/Kconfig.debug
index 36e001b..54b3d0d 100644
--- a/lib/Kconfig.debug
+++ b/lib/Kconfig.debug
@@ -154,6 +154,16 @@ config DEBUG_MEMLEAK_ORPHAN_FREEING
information displayed allow an easier identification of
false positives.

+ bool "Do not free the __init functions"
+ default n
+ depends on DEBUG_MEMLEAK
+ help
+ This option moves the __init functions out of the .init.text
+ section and therefore they are no longer freed after the
+ kernel initialization. It is useful for identifying memory
+ leaks happening during the kernel or modules initialization.
tristate "Test the kernel memory leak detector"
default n
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