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Subject[PATCH 2/2] Add new __init_task_data macro to be used in arch init_task.c files.
This patch is preparation for replacing most ".data.init_task" in the
kernel with macros, so that the section name can later be changed
without having to touch a lot of the kernel.

The long-term goal here is to be able to change the kernel's magic
section names to those that are compatible with -ffunction-sections
-fdata-sections. This requires renaming all magic sections with names
of the form "".

Signed-off-by: Tim Abbott <>
Cc: Sam Ravnborg <>
include/linux/init_task.h | 3 +++
1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/init_task.h b/include/linux/init_task.h
index 5368fbd..7fc01b1 100644
--- a/include/linux/init_task.h
+++ b/include/linux/init_task.h
@@ -183,5 +183,8 @@ extern struct cred init_cred;
LIST_HEAD_INIT(cpu_timers[2]), \

+/* Attach to the init_task data structure for proper alignment */
+#define __init_task_data __attribute__((__section__(".data.init_task")))


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