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John DaikerJun 12, 2009 3:15 pm 
Peter HueweJun 12, 2009 4:43 pm 
Subject:Building vmlinux without date/timestamp bits
From:John Daiker (
Date:Jun 12, 2009 3:15:03 pm

I'm working on various trivial patches (mainly whitespace and cleanups).

I read quite some time ago that it's best to md5sum the vmlinux file before and after these trivial patches are applied (to ensure that no executable code has changed, modules on a binary level are identical, etc).

So far, I have no problems producing identical .o and .ko files with my trivial patches. My problem lies in the resulting vmlinux and vmlinux.o file, though.

I know the files are different due to date/timestamping the kernel, but I'm not sure where this happens (and how I can prevent it). Are there pieces of code and/or Makefile that I can comment out so that the resulting vmlinux file isn't timestamped (and thus would be an exactly identical before and after). I know it can be done... I've done it before (years ago), but seem to have forgotten the trick.

Thanks for the help!