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Input section descriptions

An input section description is a pattern that identifies input sections.

An input section description identifies input sections by:

  • Module name (object filename, library member name, or library filename). The module name can use wildcard characters.

  • Input section name, or input section attributes such as READ-ONLY, or CODE. You can use wildcard characters for the input section name.

  • Symbol name.

The following figure shows the components of a typical input section description.

Figure 8-4 Components of an input section description


Note

Ordering in an execution region does not affect the ordering of sections in the output image.

Input section descriptions when linking partially-linked objects

You cannot specify partially-linked objects in an input section description, only the combined object file.

For example, if you link the partially linked objects obj1.o, obj2.o, and obj3.o together to produce obj_all.o, the component object names are discarded in the resulting object. Therefore, you cannot refer to one of the objects by name, for example, obj1.o. You can refer only to the combined object obj_all.o.

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