[U-Boot] [PATCH] Makefile: Fix linking with modern binutils

Joel Stanley joel at jms.id.au
Thu Dec 8 04:22:51 CET 2016

Since Binutils 1a9ccd70f9a7[1] u-boot will not link targets that set
CONFIG_SYS_TEXT_BASE=0 with the following error:

  LD      u-boot
arm-linux-gnueabi-ld.bfd: u-boot: Not enough room for program headers, try
 linking with -N
arm-linux-gnueabi-ld.bfd: final link failed: Bad value

The issue can reproduced the bad binutils and the rock2_defconfig target.

This issue was also encountered by the powerpc kernel[2], with the fix
being to pass --no-dynamic-linker for linkers newer than 2.26 when this
flag was introduced. While version 2.26 and 2.27 will not show this
error, we are technically creating invalid ELF files without this

Ubuntu Zesty's Binutils hits this error.

[1] https://sourceware.org/git/gitweb.cgi?p=binutils-gdb.git;a=commit;h=1a9ccd70f9a7
[2] https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/powerpc/linux.git/commit/?h=next&id=ff45000fcb56b5b0f1a14a865d3541746d838a0a

Signed-off-by: Joel Stanley <joel at jms.id.au>
 Makefile | 6 +++++-
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index dfed58bec661..0bfd57d81646 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -792,7 +792,11 @@ ifneq ($(CONFIG_BUILD_TARGET),)
+# Avoid Not enough room for program headers on binutils 2.28 onwards.
+# Flag was introduced in 2.26
+	$(call ld-ifversion, -ge, 22600000, --no-dynamic-linker)

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