Re: [PATCH] i386: Distinguish absolute symbols

From: Sam Ravnborg
Date: Fri Jul 29 2005 - 18:36:04 EST

On Fri, Jul 29, 2005 at 01:35:04PM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Currently in the linker script we have several labels
> marking the beginning and ending of sections that
> are outside of sections, making them absolute symbols.

They are outside the sections for a very specific reason.
If moved inside the section they sometimes got unexpected values due to
the alignment that ld impose on the section itself.

I recall that when Kai Germaschewski long time ago started the
unification of the files some people had boot problems
exactly because the label was defined inside the section and therefore
ld caused it to have another value as if it was placed outside the

I no longer recall the precise details of what happened.
Google may help you...

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