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SubjectRe: [PATCH 55/74] lto, workaround: Add workaround for initcall reordering
>>> Andi Kleen <andi@firstfloor.org> 08/19/12 5:05 AM >>>
>Work around a LTO gcc problem: when there is no reference to a variable
>in a module it will be moved to the end of the program. This causes
>reordering of initcalls which the kernel does not like.
>Add a dummy reference function to avoid this. The function is
>deleted by the linker.

This is not even true on x86, not to speak of generally.

>+#ifdef CONFIG_LTO
>+/* Work around a LTO gcc problem: when there is no reference to a variable
>+ * in a module it will be moved to the end of the program. This causes
>+ * reordering of initcalls which the kernel does not like.
>+ * Add a dummy reference function to avoid this. The function is
>+ * deleted by the linker.
>+ */
>+#define LTO_REFERENCE_INITCALL(x) \
>+ ; /* yes this is needed */ \
>+ static __used __exit void *reference_##x(void) \

Why not put it into e.g. section .discard.text? That could be expected to be
discarded by the linker without being arch dependent, as long as all arches
use DISCARDS in their linker script.

Jan



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