[PATCH v3] ARM: xip: Use correct symbol for end of ROM marker

Chris Brandt Chris.Brandt at renesas.com
Mon Nov 16 13:02:59 PST 2015

>> For an XIP build, _edata_loc, not _etext, represents the end of the 
>> binary image that will be programmed into ROM and mapped into the 
> This statement is wrong.  The kernel data is copied to RAM before the
> MMU is turned on and that's the copy that the kernel must use.  There
> is no reason having anything past _etext accessible from ROM.

If I remember correctly, when I first ran into an issue was my
initramfs got cut off because it spanned the 1MB boundary after

Also, your init code resides after _etext, so that get cut off

>> With an XIP kernel, nothing is loaded into RAM before boot, meaning 
>> you have to take into account the size of the entire binary image that 
>> was programmed, including the init data values that will be copied to 
>> RAM during kernel boot.
> But this is done way before the code you're modifying is executed.

If the MMU is set up to cut everything off after _etext early on, then
anything in the init section gets blown away, and there are lots
of init functions in the kernel that get run at various times during

>> This fixes the bug where you might lose the end of your kernel area 
>> after page table setup is complete.
>Could you elaborate about a possible bug please?

During boot, the kernel attempts to execute code that is not mapped
anywhere, and hence crashes.


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