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Preface Overview of the Linker Linking Models Supported by armlink Image Structure and Generation Linker Optimization Features Getting Image Details Accessing and Managing Symbols with armlink Scatter-loading Features Scatter File Syntax BNF notation used in scatter-loading description s Syntax of a scatter file Load region descriptions Components of a load region description Syntax of a load region description Load region attributes Inheritance rules for load region address attribut Inheritance rules for the RELOC address attribute Considerations when using a relative address +offs Execution region descriptions Components of an execution region description Syntax of an execution region description Execution region attributes Inheritance rules for execution region address att Considerations when using a relative address +offs Input section descriptions Components of an input section description Syntax of an input section description Examples of module and input section specification Expression evaluation in scatter files Expression usage in scatter files Expression rules in scatter files Execution address built-in functions for use in sc ScatterAssert function and load address related fu Symbol related function in a scatter file AlignExpr(expr, align) function GetPageSize() function SizeOfHeaders() function Example of aligning a base address in execution sp Scatter files containing relative base address loa Linker Command-line Options Linker Steering File Command Reference Via File Syntax

Syntax of a load region description

8.3.2 Syntax of a load region description

A load region can contain one or more execution region descriptions.

The syntax of a load region description, in Backus-Naur Form (BNF), is:
load_region_description ::=
  load_region_name  (base_address  | ("+" offset)) [attribute_list] [max_size]
Names the load region. You can use a quoted name. The name is case-sensitive only if you use any region-related linker-defined symbols.
Specifies the address where objects in the region are to be linked. base_address must satisfy the alignment constraints of the load region.
Describes a base address that is offset bytes beyond the end of the preceding load region. The value of offset must be zero modulo four. If this is the first load region, then +offset means that the base address begins offset bytes from zero.
If you use +offset, then the load region might inherit certain attributes from a previous load region.
The attributes that specify the properties of the load region contents.
Specifies the maximum size of the load region. This is the size of the load region before any decompression or zero initialization take place. If the optional max_size value is specified, armlink generates an error if the region has more than max_size bytes allocated to it.
Specifies the execution region name, address, and contents.


The BNF definitions contain additional line returns and spaces to improve readability. They are not required in scatter-loading descriptions and are ignored if present in a scatter file.
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