[PATCH 2/5] kbuild: allow archs to select build for link dead code/data elimination

Andi Kleen ak at linux.intel.com
Wed Aug 10 09:08:09 AEST 2016

On Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 12:29:29AM +0200, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Monday, August 8, 2016 8:16:05 PM CEST Andi Kleen wrote:
> > > I don't understand what led Andi Kleen to also move .text.hot and
> > > .text.unlikely together with .text [2], but this may have
> > > been a related issue.
> > >
> > > [2] https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/7/19/377
> >
> > The goal was just to move .hot and .unlikely all together, so that
> > they are clustered and use the minimum amount of cache. On x86 doesn't
> > matter where they are exactly, as long as each is together.
> > If they are not explicitely listed then the linker interleaves
> > them with the normal text, which defeats the purpose.
> I still don't see it, my reading of your patch is that you did
> the opposite, by changing the description that puts all .text.hot
> in front of .text, and all .text.unlikely after exit.text into
> one that mixes them with .text. What am I missing here?

.text.hot is actually not used, the critical part is .text.unlikely
which was not listed and was interleaved before the patch.


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