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Special sections in Linux binaries

Special sections in Linux binaries

Posted Jan 4, 2013 11:49 UTC (Fri) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Parent article: Special sections in Linux binaries

Good article!

The title is arguably wrong, though: it should be titled 'Special sections in Linux kernel binaries', since it only relates to binaries *of* the Linux kernel, not (as I at first thought) to userspace binaries that run *on* Linux.

(Also, the alternatives mechanism isn't just for boot time anymore: it can run at any time. CPU hotplugging needs this when transitioning from a one-CPU system to a system with more CPUs, but it's useful elsewhere as well.)


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Special sections in Linux binaries

Posted Jan 5, 2013 3:56 UTC (Sat) by felixfix (subscriber, #242) [Link]

Well .... I think Mr Stallman would like the title as is.

Special sections in Linux binaries

Posted Jan 6, 2013 2:53 UTC (Sun) by nickbp (guest, #63605) [Link]

It'd need to say "GNU/Linux" for that.

Special sections in Linux binaries

Posted Jan 6, 2013 14:13 UTC (Sun) by nix (subscriber, #2304) [Link]

No, this is in fact a valid use of Stallman's terminology, since the binaries being referred to are explicitly *Linux* binaries, that is to say, binaries of the Linux kernel itself. GNU/Linux binaries were what I at first thought the article was about, but the article has little to do with non-Linux-kernel stuff (other than things that also pertain to all ELF objects).


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