[Letux-kernel] [PATCH 1/2] x86/tools/relocs: Fix non-POSIX regexp

H. Nikolaus Schaller hns at goldelico.com
Thu Jul 8 10:57:09 CEST 2021

Trying to run a cross-compiled x86 relocs tool on a BSD based
HOSTCC leads to errors like

  VOFFSET arch/x86/boot/compressed/../voffset.h - due to: vmlinux
  CC      arch/x86/boot/compressed/misc.o - due to: arch/x86/boot/compressed/../voffset.h
  OBJCOPY arch/x86/boot/compressed/vmlinux.bin - due to: vmlinux
  RELOCS  arch/x86/boot/compressed/vmlinux.relocs - due to: vmlinux
empty (sub)expressionarch/x86/boot/compressed/Makefile:118: recipe for target 'arch/x86/boot/compressed/vmlinux.relocs' failed
make[3]: *** [arch/x86/boot/compressed/vmlinux.relocs] Error 1

It turns out that relocs.c uses patterns like


This is not valid syntax or gives undefined results according
to POSIX 9.5.3 ERE Grammar


It seems to be silently accepted by the Linux regexp() implementation
while a BSD host complains.

Such patterns can be replaced by a transformation like

	"(|p1|p2)" -> "(p1|p2)?"

Fixes: fd952815307f ("x86-32, relocs: Whitelist more symbols for ld bug workaround")
Signed-off-by: H. Nikolaus Schaller <hns at goldelico.com>
 arch/x86/tools/relocs.c | 8 ++++----
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86/tools/relocs.c b/arch/x86/tools/relocs.c
index 04c5a44b96827..9ba700dc47de4 100644
--- a/arch/x86/tools/relocs.c
+++ b/arch/x86/tools/relocs.c
@@ -57,12 +57,12 @@ static const char * const sym_regex_kernel[S_NSYMTYPES] = {
 	[S_REL] =
-	"(__parainstructions|__alt_instructions)(|_end)|"
-	"(__iommu_table|__apicdrivers|__smp_locks)(|_end)|"
+	"(__parainstructions|__alt_instructions)(_end)?|"
+	"(__iommu_table|__apicdrivers|__smp_locks)(_end)?|"
-	"__(start|stop)___ksymtab(|_gpl)|"
-	"__(start|stop)___kcrctab(|_gpl)|"
+	"__(start|stop)___ksymtab(_gpl)?|"
+	"__(start|stop)___kcrctab(_gpl)?|"

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