Commit be358af1 authored by Steven Rostedt's avatar Steven Rostedt Committed by Steven Rostedt (VMware)
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nds32/ftrace: Fix Error: invalid operands (*UND* and *UND* sections) for `^'

I received a build failure for a new patch I'm working on the nds32
architecture, and when I went to test it, I couldn't get to my build error,
because it failed to build with a bunch of:

  Error: invalid operands (*UND* and *UND* sections) for `^'

issues with various files. Those files were temporary asm files that looked
like:  kernel/.tmp_mc_fork.s

I decided to look deeper, and found that the "mc" portion of that name
stood for "mcount", and was created by the script. One that
I wrote over a decade ago. Once I knew the source of the problem, I was
able to investigate it further.

The way the script works (BTW, there's a C version that
simply modifies the ELF object) is by doing an "objdump" on the object
file. Looks for all the calls to "mcount", and creates an offset of those
locations from some global variable it can use (usually a global function
name, found with <.*>:). Creates a asm file that is a table of references
to these locations, using the found variable/function. Compiles it and
links it back into the original object file. This asm file is called

The problem here is that the objdump produced by the nds32 object file,
contains things that look like:

 0000159a <.L3^B1>:
    159a:       c6 00           beqz38 $r6, 159a <.L3^B1>
                        159a: R_NDS32_9_PCREL_RELA      .text+0x159e
    159c:       84 d2           movi55 $r6, #-14
    159e:       80 06           mov55 $r0, $r6
    15a0:       ec 3c           addi10.sp #0x3c

Where ".L3^B1 is somehow selected as the "global" variable to index off of.

Then the assembly file that holds the mcount locations looks like this:

        .section __mcount_loc,"a",@progbits
        .align 2
        .long .L3^B1 + -5522
        .long .L3^B1 + -5384
        .long .L3^B1 + -5270
        .long .L3^B1 + -5098
        .long .L3^B1 + -4970
        .long .L3^B1 + -4758
        .long .L3^B1 + -4122

And when it is compiled back to an object to link to the original object,
the compile fails on the "^" symbol.

Simple solution for now, is to have the perl script ignore using function
symbols that have an "^" in the name.


Acked-by: default avatarGreentime Hu <>
Fixes: fbf58a52

 ("nds32/ftrace: Add RECORD_MCOUNT support")
Signed-off-by: default avatarSteven Rostedt (VMware) <>
parent 0282b0f0
......@@ -189,7 +189,7 @@ if ($arch =~ /(x86(_64)?)|(i386)/) {
$local_regex = "^[0-9a-fA-F]+\\s+t\\s+(\\S+)";
$weak_regex = "^[0-9a-fA-F]+\\s+([wW])\\s+(\\S+)";
$section_regex = "Disassembly of section\\s+(\\S+):";
$function_regex = "^([0-9a-fA-F]+)\\s+<(.*?)>:";
$function_regex = "^([0-9a-fA-F]+)\\s+<([^^]*?)>:";
$mcount_regex = "^\\s*([0-9a-fA-F]+):.*\\s(mcount|__fentry__)\$";
$section_type = '@progbits';
$mcount_adjust = 0;
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