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Subject[PATCH] alpha: link failure fix
With built-in scsi disk driver, the final link fails with a following
`.exit.text' referenced in section `.rodata' of drivers/built-in.o:
defined in discarded section `.exit.text' of drivers/built-in.o

This happens with -Os (CONFIG_CC_OPTIMIZE_FOR_SIZE=y) with all gcc-4
versions, and also with -O2 and gcc-4.3.

The problem is in sd.c:sd_major() being inlined into __exit function
exit_sd(), and the compiler generating a jump table in .rodata section
for the 'switch' statement in sd_major(). So we have references to
discarded section.

Fixed with a big hammer in the form of -fno-jump-tables.

Note that jump tables vs. discarded sections is a generic problem,
other architectures are just lucky not to suffer from it. But with
a slightly more complex switch/case statement it can be reproduced
on x86 as well. So maybe at some point we should consider
-fno-jump-tables as a generic compile option...

Signed-off-by: Ivan Kokshaysky <>
arch/alpha/Makefile | 1 +
1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/alpha/Makefile b/arch/alpha/Makefile
index 4e1a8e2..4759fe7 100644
--- a/arch/alpha/Makefile
+++ b/arch/alpha/Makefile
@@ -13,6 +13,7 @@ NM := $(NM) -B
LDFLAGS_vmlinux := -static -N #-relax
CHECKFLAGS += -D__alpha__ -m64
cflags-y := -pipe -mno-fp-regs -ffixed-8 -msmall-data
+cflags-y += $(call cc-option, -fno-jump-tables)

cpuflags-$(CONFIG_ALPHA_EV4) := -mcpu=ev4
cpuflags-$(CONFIG_ALPHA_EV5) := -mcpu=ev5

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