The function __tls_get_addr is used to get the address of an object that is Thread Local Storage.
It needs to have two relocations on it.
One relocation is for the function call itself and it is either R_PPC64_REL24 or R_PPC64_REL24_NOTOC.
The other is R_PPC64_TLSGD or R_PPC64_TLSLD for the symbol that is having its address computed.
In the early days of the transition from the ELFv1 ABI that is used for big endian PowerPC Linux distributions to the ELFv2 ABI that is used for little endian PowerPC Linux distributions, there was some ambiguity in the specification of the relocations for TLS. The GNU linker has implemented support for correct handling of calls to __tls_get_addr with a missing relocation. Unfortunately, we didn't notice that the IBM XL compiler did not handle TLS according to the updated ABI until we tried linking XL compiled libraries with LLD. As a result, there is a lot of code out there in various libraries compiled with XL that have this problem.
This patch adds a new error check in LLD that makes sure calls to __tls_get_addr are not missing the TLSGD/TLSLD relocation.