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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] objtool: Enable compilation of objtool for all architectures

> From: Matt Helsley <>
> Subject: [PATCH] objtool: Enable compilation of objtool for all architectures
> Objtool currently only compiles for x86 architectures. This is
> fine as it presently does not support tooling for other
> architectures. However, we would like to be able to convert other
> kernel tools to run as objtool sub commands because they too
> process ELF object files. This will allow us to convert tools
> such as recordmcount to use objtool's ELF code.
> Since much of recordmcount's ELF code is copy-paste code to/from
> a variety of other kernel tools (look at modpost for example) this
> means that if we can convert recordmcount we can convert more.
> We define weak definitions for subcommand entry functions and other weak
> definitions for shared functions critical to building existing
> subcommands. These return 127 when the command is missing which signify
> tools that do not exist on all architectures. In this case the "check"
> and "orc" tools do not exist on all architectures so we only add them
> for x86. Future changes adding support for "check", to arm64 for
> example, can then modify the SUBCMD_CHECK variable when building for
> arm64.
> Objtool is not currently wired in to KConfig to be built for other
> architectures because it's not needed for those architectures and
> there are no commands it supports other than those for x86. As more
> command support is enabled on various architectures the necessary
> KConfig changes can be made (e.g. adding "STACK_VALIDATION") to
> trigger building objtool.
> [ jpoimboe: remove aliases, add __weak macro, add error messages ]
> Cc: Julien Thierry <>
> Signed-off-by: Matt Helsley <>
> Signed-off-by: Josh Poimboeuf <>

A minor nit-pick in objtool.h

Reviewed-by: Kamalesh Babulal <>

> ---

> diff --git a/tools/objtool/objtool.h b/tools/objtool/objtool.h
> index d89616b2ca39..528028a66816 100644
> --- a/tools/objtool/objtool.h
> +++ b/tools/objtool/objtool.h
> @@ -19,4 +19,9 @@ struct objtool_file {
> bool ignore_unreachables, c_file, hints, rodata;
> };
> +int check(const char *objname, bool orc);
> +int orc_dump(const char *objname);
> +int create_orc(struct objtool_file *file);
> +int create_orc_sections(struct objtool_file *file);
> +
> #endif /* _OBJTOOL_H */

above hunk will not apply cleanly on patch 2 of the series, it expects
a new line after struct objtool which is missing in patch 2.


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