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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/5] add support for relative references in special sections
On (08/14/17 11:52), Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> This adds support for emitting special sections such as initcall arrays,
> PCI fixups and tracepoints as relative references rather than absolute
> references. This reduces the size by 50% on 64-bit architectures, but
> more importantly, it removes the need for carrying relocation metadata
> for these sections in relocatables kernels (e.g., for KASLR) that need
> to fix up these absolute references at boot time. On arm64, this reduces
> the vmlinux footprint of such a reference by 8x (8 byte absolute reference
> + 24 byte RELA entry vs 4 byte relative reference)
[..]

a side note,
checkpatch complaints quite a lot.

-ss

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