[PATCH] x86: Fix linking u-boot with ld.lld

Alistair Delva adelva at google.com
Wed Oct 20 23:31:33 CEST 2021

When linking the final u-boot binary with LLD, the following link errors
are seen:

ld.lld: error: can't create dynamic relocation R_386_32 against local
               symbol in readonly segment; recompile object files with
               -fPIC or pass '-Wl,-z,notext' to allow text relocations
               in the output
>>> defined in arch/x86/cpu/start.o
>>> referenced by arch/x86/cpu/start.o:(.text.start+0x32)
>>> defined in arch/x86/cpu/start16.o
>>> referenced by arch/x86/cpu/start16.o:(.start16+0x1C)

According to Nick Desaulniers:

"This is a known difference between GNU and LLVM linkers; the GNU
 linkers permit relocations in readonly segments (making them not read
 only), LLVM does not (by default)."

Since U-Boot apparently seems to use relocations in readonly segments,
change the global linker flags to permit them when linking with LLD by
specifying '-z notext'.

Signed-off-by: Alistair Delva <adelva at google.com>
Cc: Nick Desaulniers <ndesaulniers at google.com>
Cc: Simon Glass <sjg at chromium.org>
Cc: Bin Meng <bmeng.cn at gmail.com>
 Makefile | 3 +++
 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Makefile b/Makefile
index 6f2474baeb..3488b83e14 100644
--- a/Makefile
+++ b/Makefile
@@ -997,6 +997,9 @@ LDFLAGS_u-boot += $(LDFLAGS_FINAL)
 # Avoid 'Not enough room for program headers' error on binutils 2.28 onwards.
 LDFLAGS_u-boot += $(call ld-option, --no-dynamic-linker)
+# ld.lld support
+LDFLAGS_u-boot += -z notext
 LDFLAGS_u-boot += --build-id=none

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