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Date:   Wed, 5 Jun 2019 20:43:18 +0200
From:   Greg KH <>
To:     Kees Cook <>
Cc:     Alec Ari <>,
        linux-kernel <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] x86/build: Move _etext to actual end of .text

On Wed, Jun 05, 2019 at 11:16:06AM -0700, Kees Cook wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 05, 2019 at 11:08:13AM -0500, Alec Ari wrote:
> > I'm having this problem too, build is failing:
> > 
> > Invalid absolute R_X86_64_32S relocation: _etext
> > 
> > I stayed on the 4.14 branch to help prevent these kind of breakages,
> > so much for that idea. Gentoo GCC 8.3.0.
> It seems to be a problem with the Gold linker. Using ld.bfd appears to
> work. I haven't narrowed down the problem, unfortunately.
> Greg, given that this change was only for special situations (Clang
> CFI), can you revert this for the stable trees?

Turns out that Android required it to be reverted too, so no one needs
this :(

I'll go revert this, thanks.

greg k-h

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