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Re: RFC: Linux gABI: Add a GNU_PROPERTY_BY_LINKER property

On Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 5:12 AM Florian Weimer <> wrote:
> * H. J. Lu:
> > GNU_PROPERTY_X86_UINT32_VALID was defined to address this issue such that
> > linker sets the bit in values of x86 properties for non-relocatable
> > outputs.  But it isn't sufficient:
> >
> > 1. It doesn't cover generic properties.
> Okay.
> > 2. When -mx86-used-note=yes is passed to x86 assembler, the
> > property in object file and linkers without GNU property support generate
> > invalid NT_GNU_PROPERTY_TYPE_0 notes with the GNU_PROPERTY_X86_UINT32_VALID
> > bit set.
> Surely this is a GAS bug?  Why not fix that bug?

Linker removes GNU_PROPERTY_X86_ISA_1_USED when its value is empty.
Maybe linker shouldn't do that.

> > I am proposing the following changes:
> >
> > 1. Add a GNU_PROPERTY_BY_LINKER property which should only be set by
> > linker for non-relocatable outputs to indicate the property note is
> > valid and generated by new linkers.  Loaders can check this property
> > to verify that the property note is valid.
> > 2. Remove GNU_PROPERTY_X86_UINT32_VALID.
> > which has the same bit as GNU_PROPERTY_X86_UINT32_VALID and use it
> > for -mx86-used-note=yes with x86 assembler.
> The alternative approach would be to switch to a new PT_ segment for
> this because those aren't included in relocatable objects.  (Maybe it's
> time for another approach.)

PT_NOTE is used so that binaries with GNU properties are backward
compatible with loaders which don't support GNU properties. They will
run without any new features from GNU properties.


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