Bug 27452 - ld: Support compressing arbitrary sections (generalized --compress-debug-sections=)
Summary: ld: Support compressing arbitrary sections (generalized --compress-debug-sect...
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Component: ld (show other bugs)
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Reported: 2021-02-21 23:30 UTC by Fangrui Song
Modified: 2021-02-21 23:30 UTC (History)
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Description Fangrui Song 2021-02-21 23:30:51 UTC
ld --compress-debug-sections=zlib compresses the .debug_* output sections (usually non-SHF_ALLOC, but I've seen rustc SHF_ALLOC .debug_gdb_scripts - which could be a rustc bug).

There are needs compressing other sections, even SHF_ALLOC ones, e.g. __llvm_covstr for potential future clang coverage mapping formats (https://bugs.llvm.org//show_bug.cgi?id=49155). For SHF_ALLOC sections, there will be additional requirement on the runtime side as the runtime needs to figure out whether the section is compressed or not (perhaps just checking the Elf*_Chdr header (section header table is optional in executable/shared object files))

If we don't distinguish SHF_ALLOC and non-SHF_ALLOC sections, the new option can be '--compress-sections=.debug_*=zlib' . If we just need non-SHF_ALLOC sections, the new option can be '--compress-nonalloc-sections=.debug_*=zlib' . The exact requirements may need fleshing out.