how to define a Program Headers start address

Asked by Hake Huang on 2017-03-17

using the readelf tool I always get below result
$ readelf.exe -l hello_world.elf

Elf file type is EXEC (Executable file)
Entry point 0xa4d1
There are 3 program headers, starting at offset 52

Program Headers:
  Type Offset VirtAddr PhysAddr FileSiz MemSiz Flg Align
  LOAD 0x000000 0x00000000 0x00000000 0x0a400 0x0a400 R 0x10000
  LOAD 0x00a400 0x0000a400 0x0000a400 0x02544 0x02544 RWE 0x10000
  LOAD 0x010000 0x20000000 0x0000c944 0x00068 0x008b0 RW 0x10000

 Section to Segment mapping:
  Segment Sections...
   00 .interrupts
   01 .text .ARM .init_array .fini_array
   02 .data .bss .heap .stack

Means the first Program HEADers are always start from 0x00000000, how can I modify it? as in my application, the 0x00000000 - 0x00009ffff is reserved.

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Thomas Preud'homme
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Hi Hake,

If you set the .interrupt section to be at an address higher than 0x0009fff and pass --nmagic to the linker then the first segment will only include the .interrupt and it will start where .interrupt start. --nmagic is necessary for the first segment to not include the file and ELF header.

Best regards.

Hake Huang (hakehuang) said : #2

Hi Thomas,

it works thanks a lot.


Hake Huang (hakehuang) said : #3

Thanks Thomas Preud'homme, that solved my question.