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GNU linker script question

Discussion in 'Embedded' started by Jim, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. Jim

    Jim Guest


    I'm working on an embedded project at home using GNU gcc & ld. I need
    to burn a function into a particular flash rom address. My attempt
    will be to place the function in its own file and define a section

    MySection 0x10000:
    _MySectionEnd = . ;

    Then, in my app, I should be able to refer to _MySectionEnd to get the
    end address of the function. I'm pretty sure this, or a variant will
    work (my syntax might not be 100% as I'm an ld newbie).

    But, is there a better way? Also, while this is OK for one, or a few
    functions, it would be a pain if I ever had to do a lot of 'em. I know
    there's a "section" attribute for gnu C, so I was wondering if I can
    create one or more MySection1 and _MySection1End symbol pairs in a
    linker script and somehow place each function at the desired section
    while all functions reside in one file?

    Thanks for the ideas!

    Jim, Dec 10, 2005
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    Jim Guest

    Just to avoid a bunch of comments correcting me, the linker script
    above turned out to be more like:

    .text :
    MyFunc.o (.text)
    _MyFuncEnd = .;
    . = ALIGN(0x4) ;
    __etext = .;
    } > ram


    I did finally find something about causing gcc to create each function
    in it's own section as if it were in its own file, but it didn't say
    how you knew what the section names would be. I'm guessing it would be
    a derivative of the function name.
    Jim, Dec 11, 2005
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    ammonton Guest

    Yes, go to <http://www.devrs.com/gba/ccode.php#cmisc> and download the
    crtls package for an example of how it can be done.

    ammonton, Dec 11, 2005
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    David Brown Guest

    If you are only looking for the end address of a single function, then
    you could put that function in its own named section (look in the gcc
    manual for "function attributes"). I've done this on several targets
    for putting flash routines in a separate section so that they run from
    ram rather than flash.
    David Brown, Dec 12, 2005
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    Jim Guest

    Jim, Dec 13, 2005
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