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Re: [PATCH] MIPS: Octeon: add option to ignore PT_NOTE section

To: David Daney <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] MIPS: Octeon: add option to ignore PT_NOTE section
From: Florian Fainelli <>
Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:24:07 +0200
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On Wednesday 13 April 2011 19:38:02 David Daney wrote:
> On 04/13/2011 09:07 AM, philby john wrote:
> > From: Philby John<>
> ^^^^^^^^ I believe that statement to be not entirely correct.
> Perhaps you should change it to something like:
> From: David Daney <>
> > Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2011 20:46:32 +0530
> > Subject: [PATCH] MIPS: Octeon: add option to ignore PT_NOTE section
> > 
> > Some early Octeon bootloaders cannot process PT_NOTE program
> > headers as reported in numerous sections of the web, here is
> > an example
> > Loading usually fails with such an error ...
> > Error allocating memory for elf image!
> > 
> > The work around usually is to strip the .notes section by using
> > such a command $mips-gnu-strip -R .notes vmlinux -o fixed-vmlinux
> > It is expected that the vmlinux image got after compilation be
> > bootable. Add a Kconfig option to ignore the PT_NOTE section.

Do we really want this to be in the kernel? In my opinion, this is a fixup 
which distributions should be aware of, but not necessarily take place here in 
the kernel Makefiles.

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