|| ||Tim Abbott <tabbott@MIT.EDU> |
|| ||Linus Torvalds <email@example.com> |
|| ||[PATCH v3 0/3] Add support for compiling with -ffunction-sections
|| ||Thu, 23 Apr 2009 16:48:52 -0400 (EDT)|
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On Mon, 20 Apr 2009, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> I'd be ok with merging it, but I haven't really gotten a strong feeling
> that anybody is going to enable it or use it.
Would you be willing to merge the first 3 patches in this patch series at
this point? I'm resending these patches to resolve some conflicts that
was recently introduced.
To summarize the discussion, there are three uses for this code that have
One is decreasing the kernel size. Denys Vlasenko has numbers that using
the linker's --gc-sections option (for which these patches are a
prerequisite) saves 10% of the kernel size when CONFIG_MODULES=n, and 1%
when CONFIG_MODULES=y. Paul Mundt thinks many embedded users would use
this if it were available.
A related use is cleaning up a lot of ifdefs that exist only to decrease
the kernel size. Several developers commented favorably on the direction
of using section garbage collection for dead code removal.
Finally, Ksplice depends on the option added by this patch series.
The first 3 patches in this patch series fix problems associated with
using -ffunction-sections. As there are some architectures currently
using -ffunction-sections, these should ideally be merged now, especially
the first patch which involves scattered changes.
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