WARNING: vmlinux.o (.PPC.EMB.apuinfo): unexpected non-allocatable section.

Timur Tabi timur at freescale.com
Tue Sep 20 06:18:00 EST 2011

When trying to build a 64-bit kernel, I'm getting this warning message:

WARNING: vmlinux.o (.PPC.EMB.apuinfo): unexpected non-allocatable section.
Did you forget to use "ax"/"aw" in a .S file?
Note that for example <linux/init.h> contains
section definitions for use in .S files.

This kernel continues to compile and link, but when I try to boot it, it stops
here (this is under the hypervisor):

Linux version 3.0.4-31-00029-g06d86c8-dirty (b04825 at efes) (gcc version 4.5.1
(Sourcery G++ Lite 2010.09-55) ) #1 SMP Mon Sep 19 14:49:48 CDT 2011
[boot]0012 Setup Arch
Found FSL PCI host bridge at 0x0000000ffe200000. Firmware bus number: 0->1
PCI host bridge /devices/pci0  ranges:
 MEM 0x0000000c00000000..0x0000000c1fffffff -> 0x00000000e0000000
  IO 0x0000000ff8000000..0x0000000ff800ffff -> 0x0000000000000000
/devices/pci0: PCICSRBAR @ 0xdf000000
Found FSL PCI host bridge at 0x0000000ffe202000. Firmware bus number: 0->1
PCI host bridge /devices/pci2  ranges:
 MEM 0x0000000c40000000..0x0000000c5fffffff -> 0x00000000e0000000
  IO 0x0000000ff8020000..0x0000000ff802ffff -> 0x0000000000000000
/devices/pci2: PCICSRBAR @ 0xdf000000
P5020 DS board from Freescale Semiconductor
Zone PFN ranges:
  DMA      0x00000000 -> 0x00020000
  Normal   empty
Movable zone start PFN for each node
early_node_map[1] active PFN ranges
    0: 0x00000000 -> 0x00020000
MMU: Allocated 2112 bytes of context maps for 255 contexts
[boot]0015 Setup Done
PERCPU: Embedded 13 pages/cpu @c000000002d00000 s23872 r0 d29376 u524288
Built 1 zonelists in Zone order, mobility grouping on.  Total pages: 129280
Kernel command line:
PID hash table entries: 2048 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 7, 524288 bytes)
Inode-cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Memory: 425104k/524288k available (8500k kernel code, 99184k reserved, 968k
data, 702k bss, 300k init)
Hierarchical RCU implementation.
	RCU debugfs-based tracing is enabled.
	CONFIG_RCU_FANOUT set to non-default value of 32
NR_IRQS:512 nr_irqs:512 16
clocksource: timebase mult[a000000] shift[22] registered
Console: colour dummy device 80x25
console [tty0] enabled
console [ttyEHV0] enabled
ehv-bc: registered console driver for byte channel 300
pid_max: default: 32768 minimum: 301
Mount-cache hash table entries: 256
e500 family performance monitor hardware support registered

If I disable performance counter support, it just stops at the "Mount-cache hash
table entries: 256" line.

Timur Tabi
Linux kernel developer at Freescale

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