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Subject.exit.text section in vmlinux ?

as far as I remember everything marked with __exit or __exit_data will only be
used/called when unloading a module, and gets moved to the .exit.text or sections.

Why are these sections present in the vmlinux/vmlinux.bin/bzImage and not
dropped by the linker or at least objdump?
This code will never be called for everything compiled in - in an allyesconfig
build these sections account for ~80kb of code.

Is there something I'm missing here, or can we add "--remove-section --remove-section .exit.text" to the OBJCOPYFLAGS for vmlinux?


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