gate.S and recent toolchains

From: Jes Sorensen <>
Date: 2006-03-30 03:07:58

I've been chasing a very strange but since Monday and I am starting
to hit a brick wall.

Basically I am unable to build a kernel from Linus' git tree on one
system since Monday morning, whereas it boots fine if I build it on an
older system. I tried installing an older toolchain on this box but it
still didn't seem to make a difference. The system boots, calls init and
I most often get the message "INIT: 2.85 booting", then a hang. In some
instances I don't even get the INIT message.

What sparked it was Russ Anderson's patch which added a few lines to
include/asm-ia64/asmmacros.h, git id

I've tracked it down to being the two lines doing a .section/.previous
in the below patch chunk causing it. However it doesn't seem to be the
specific .section name that does it, ie. any random .section/.previous
pair I add to arch/ia64/kernel/gate.S has the same effect.

Now I am not a wiz in linker/gas magic, so I was hoping someone else
had an idea what could be causing this? Anyone seen anything similar?

The specific toolchain I am using is gcc-4.1.0 based, but I tried
3.3.4 (with binutils 2.15) and it failed as well. However 4.0.2 on
another system seems to do fine (admittedly it had binutils 2.14.90.x).

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


diff --git a/include/asm-ia64/asmmacro.h b/include/asm-ia64/asmmacro.h
index 77af457..d4cec32 100644
--- a/include/asm-ia64/asmmacro.h
+++ b/include/asm-ia64/asmmacro.h
@@ -51,6 +51,17 @@ name:
   [99:]        x

+ * Tag MCA recoverable instruction ranges.
+ */
+       .section "__mca_table", "a"             // declare section &
section attributes
+       .previous
+# define MCA_RECOVER_RANGE(y)                  \
+       .xdata4 "__mca_table", y-., 99f-.;      \
+  [99:]
  * Mark instructions that need a load of a virtual address patched to be
  * a load of a physical address.  We use this either in critical
  * path (ivt.S - TLB miss processing) or in places where it might not be

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