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Subject[PATCH v3] checkpatch: add warning for avoiding .L prefix symbols in assembly files
objtool requires that all code must be contained in an ELF symbol.
Symbol names that have a '.L' prefix do not emit symbol table entries, as
they have special meaning for the assembler.

'.L' prefixed symbols can be used within a code region, but should be
avoided for denoting a range of code via 'SYM_*_START/END' annotations.

Add a new check to emit a warning on finding the usage of '.L' symbols
for '.S' files, if it denotes range of code via SYM_*_START/END
annotation pair.

Suggested-by: Mark Brown <>
Signed-off-by: Aditya Srivastava <>
* Applies perfectly on next-20210122

Changes in v3:
- Modify regex for SYM_*_START/END pair
- remove check for arch/x86/entry/* and arch/x86/lib/*
- change 'Link:' in commit message to lkml
- Modify commit description accordingly

Changes in v2:
- Reduce the check to only SYM_*_START/END lines
- Reduce the check for only .S files in arch/x86/entry/* and arch/x86/lib/* as suggested by Josh and Nick
- Modify commit message

scripts/ | 7 +++++++
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

diff --git a/scripts/ b/scripts/
index 7030c4d6d126..4a03326c87b6 100755
--- a/scripts/
+++ b/scripts/
@@ -3590,6 +3590,13 @@ sub process {

+# check for .L prefix local symbols in .S files
+ if ($realfile =~ /\.S$/ &&
+ $line =~ /^\+\s*(?:[A-Z]+_)?SYM_[A-Z]+_(?:START|END)(?:_[A-Z_]+)?\s*\(\s*\.L/) {
+ "Avoid using '.L' prefixed local symbol names for denoting a range of code via 'SYM_*_START/END' annotations; see Documentation/asm-annotations.rst\n" . $herecurr);
+ }
# check we are in a valid source file C or perl if not then ignore this hunk
next if ($realfile !~ /\.(h|c|pl|dtsi|dts)$/);

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