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Date:   Thu, 9 Nov 2017 16:42:21 +0000
From:   "Levin, Alexander (Sasha Levin)" <>
To:     Matt Redfearn <>
CC:     "Levin, Alexander (Sasha Levin)" <>,
        "" <>,
        "" <>,
        Matt Redfearn <>,
        "" <>,
        Ralf Baechle <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH AUTOSEL for-4.4 39/39] MIPS: Use Makefile.postlink to
 insert relocations into vmlinux

On Thu, Nov 09, 2017 at 09:16:44AM +0000, Matt Redfearn wrote:
>On 08/11/17 20:50, Levin, Alexander (Sasha Levin) wrote:
>>From: Matt Redfearn <>
>>[ Upstream commit 44079d3509aee89c58f3e4fd929fa53ab2299019 ]
>>When relocatable support for MIPS was merged, there was no support for
>>an architecture to add a postlink step for vmlinux. This meant that only
>>invoking a target within the boot directory, such as uImage, caused the
>>relocations to be inserted into vmlinux. Building just the vmlinux
>>target would result in a relocatable kernel with no relocation
>>information present.
>>Commit fbe6e37dab97 ("kbuild: add arch specific post-link Makefile")
>This patch depends on upstream commit fbe6e37dab97 ("kbuild: add arch 
>specific post-link Makefile") which was introduced in v4.9.
>This patch is an improvement to the build flow and I would not 
>consider it for backporting - certainly not to v4.8 or earlier which 
>is missing the dependency. Applying it will not break anything, 
>however, it will perform no function either without the supporting 

I'll just drop it from 4.9 and 4.4 then, Thanks Matt.



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