ARM: 6499/1: Thumb-2: Correct data alignment for CONFIG_THUMB2_KERNEL in bootp/init.S

Directives such as .long and .word do not magically cause the
assembler location counter to become aligned in gas.  As a result,
using these directives in code sections can result in misaligned
data words when building a Thumb-2 kernel (CONFIG_THUMB2_KERNEL).

This is a Bad Thing, since the ABI permits the compiler to assume
that fundamental types of word size or above are word- aligned when
accessing them from C.  If the data is not really word-aligned,
this can cause impaired performance and stray alignment faults in
some circumstances.

In general, the following rules should be applied when using data
word declaration directives inside code sections:

    * .quad and .double:
         .align 3

    * .long, .word, .single, .float:
         .align (or .align 2)

    * .short:
        No explicit alignment required, since Thumb-2
        instructions are always 2 or 4 bytes in size.
        immediately after an instruction.

Reviewed-by: Will Deacon <>
Signed-off-by: Dave Martin <>
Acked-by: Catalin Marinas <>
Signed-off-by: Russell King <>
Dave Martin 12 years ago committed by Russell King
parent 7eb25ebee8
commit 077248fcce
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@ -73,6 +73,8 @@ move: ldmia r4!, {r7 - r10} @ move 32-bytes at a time
.size _start, . - _start
.type data,#object
data: .word initrd_start @ source initrd address
.word initrd_phys @ destination initrd address