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Re: linker script for non-4k page size

To: Linux/MIPS Development <>
Subject: Re: linker script for non-4k page size
From: Fuxin Zhang <>
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2005 10:56:38 +0800
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BTW: except this problem, 2.6.14 with 16k page size runs well on my
machine. According to our experiences of 2.4 kernels, 16k page size
has a bit benefit over 4k page size(average 6% improvement for spec
cpu2000 int).
  But to use 16k kernel, we have to convert binaries of debian/mips:
their sections are often not 16k aligned untill the latest testing branch.

Fuxin Zhang д:
> hi,
>   I come across a problem when trying to use 16k page size for 2.6.14
> linux/mips kernel: arch/mips/kernel/ align some sections
> with hardcoded ". = ALIGN(4096)".
>   This will lead to problem if non-4k page size is used. For example,
> if the .init section is put at a page 4k-aligned but not 16k-aligned,
> free_initmem will free more spaces than it should do, and strange
> problems will occur.
>   Should we change to alignment according to CONFIG_PAGE_SIZE_XX? or
> just set it to largest possible value(this may cause size increasement?)

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