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Date: Tue, 2 Jul 2019 19:53:53 +0200
From: Markus Wichmann <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] remove stray .end directives

On Tue, Jul 02, 2019 at 12:58:41PM -0400, Rich Felker wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 02, 2019 at 01:09:46PM +0000, Song Fangrui wrote:
> > diff --git a/src/ldso/powerpc64/dlsym.s b/src/ldso/powerpc64/dlsym.s
> > index 7eb691d9..a14715fd 100644
> > --- a/src/ldso/powerpc64/dlsym.s
> > +++ b/src/ldso/powerpc64/dlsym.s
> > @@ -8,5 +8,4 @@ dlsym:
> >  	.localentry dlsym,.-dlsym
> >  	mflr    5                      # The return address is arg3.
> >  	b       __dlsym
> > -	.end    dlsym
> >  	.size   dlsym, .-dlsym
> This sounds right. Before I remove this, anyone have any idea what the
> purpose of these was to begin with?
> Rich

I can't tell you the purpose, but I can tell you the effect: This
directive ends assembly parsing. Therefore the .size directive below
them was never in effect before (if the documentation is to be trusted).
Dunno if that has any apparent effect though (besides the output of

The PPC64 file was added in one go by Bobby Bingham in 2016. I guess the
line there is for consistency with PPC32. The PPC32 file was added in
2012 by rofl0r, though the blame also shows one Richard Pennington (not
the log, though). Weird. Anyway, the log message is also not very
enlightening. I can only assume the line was added in error. That, or
the .size directive. Together they make no sense.


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