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SubjectRe: [PATCH] MIPS: mark some functions as weak to avoid conflict with Octeon ones
Hi Maciej,

On Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 11:46 AM Maciej W. Rozycki <macro@linux-mips.org> wrote:
>
> On Wed, 25 Mar 2020, Masahiro Yamada wrote:
>
> > MIPS provides multiple definitions for the following functions:
> >
> > fw_init_cmdline
> > __delay
> > __udelay
> > __ndelay
> > memmove
> > __rmemcpy
> > memcpy
> > __copy_user
> >
> > The generic ones are defined in lib-y objects, which are overridden by
> > the Octeon ones when CONFIG_CAVIUM_OCTEON_SOC is enabled.
> >
> > The use of EXPORT_SYMBOL in static libraries potentially causes a
> > problem for the llvm linker [1]. So, I want to forcibly link lib-y
> > objects to vmlinux when CONFIG_MODULES=y.
> >
> > As a groundwork, we must fix multiple definitions that have been
> > hidden by lib-y.
>
> IIUC that causes known dead code to be included in the kernel image.
> Wouldn't it be possible to actually omit replaced functions from output by
> keying the build of the sources providing generic code with appropriate
> CONFIG_* settings (such as CONFIG_GENERIC_DELAY, CONFIG_GENERIC_MEMCPY,
> etc. or suchlike)?
>
> Maciej


You are right.
__weak cannot trim the dead code.


I can work on the CONFIG_ approach,
but I'd rather to use inverted
CONFIG_HAVE_PLAT_* because it is easier
to make CAVIUM_OCTEON_SOC select them.



--
Best Regards
Masahiro Yamada

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