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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH V2 01/12] Create efi-shared.[ch], and move string functions

On Mon, 2014-07-28 at 16:52 +0100, Jan Beulich wrote:
> >>  This would also address the
> >> tool chain detection issue you described in the cover letter (without
> >> the addressing of which I can't see how things will ultimately work).
> > 
> > In the case where the toolchain doesn't EFI won't the unnecessary code
> > built in xen/common/efi simply get discarded by the linker?
> Not that I'm aware of - afaik no code or data inside a .o would
> ever get thrown away by the linker without it being specifically
> asked to do so.

Hrm perhaps I'm thinking of one of the whole programmer optimisation
things then.
> > Even if not it looks like ~20K of mostly __init stuff, which doesn't
> > seem like the end of the world, especially given that more and more
> > toolstacks do support EFI with time.
> Right now - with the runtime code not moved over yet - it's
> mostly __init. Plus (with the linker not being able to discard that
> code) it carries the risk of having references to symbols that
> don't exist in the non-EFI build.

Perhaps we can put the relevant code into efi specific sections and DTRT
in xen.lds.S?


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