Re: [PATCH] x86: fix improper .init-type section references

From: Sam Ravnborg
Date: Tue Jun 12 2007 - 13:59:14 EST

On Tue, Jun 12, 2007 at 07:39:30PM +0530, Satyam Sharma wrote:
> On 6/12/07, Jan Beulich <jbeulich@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >>> And from a purely theoretical
> >>> perspective I don't think such references should be considered bad -
> >>> .exit.* should be discarded together with .init.* if unloading is
> >>> impossible (built-in or configured off), not before module/kernel
> >>> initialization.
> >>
> >>Hmm, but that's not how things are, presently. __exit marked
> >>functions are simply not linked into the kernel (when that module
> >>is being built-in) at all -- this "discard" happens at _build time_
> >>(to save on kernel image size).
> >
> >Not really, at least not for i386 and x86-64 - see their
> >files.
> For those archs, yes, you're right that modpost should be
> special-casing (based on arch) before complaining for
> .init -> .exit references.
References from __init to __exit is wrong independent on architecture.
powerpc discards them at buildtime, i386 at runtime.
So for the latter we will have an oops where we for the first have a build
time failure.
It is better to let modpost warn always - independent on architecture.

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