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From: Alan Jenkins <alan-jenkins@tuffmail.co.uk>
To: Tony Luck <tony.luck@gmail.com>
Cc: Rusty Russell <rusty@rustcorp.com.au>,
	Sam Ravnborg <sam@ravnborg.org>,
	Mike Frysinger <vapier.adi@gmail.com>,
	greg@kroah.com, linux-kbuild@vger.kernel.org,
	carmelo73@gmail.com, linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	achiang@hp.com, kyle@mcmartin.ca, deller@gmx.de,
	jejb@parisc-linux.org,
	Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@kernel.crashing.org>,
	paulus@samba.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 05/10] kbuild: sort the list of symbols exported by the kernel (__ksymtab)
Date: Sat, 21 Nov 2009 00:02:57 +0000	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <4B072E31.4000906@tuffmail.co.uk> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <12c511ca0911201420i5f2d4751m25ae5288b69dbabb@mail.gmail.com>

Tony Luck wrote:
> The sorted ksymtab breaks ia64 (and possibly ppc64 and
> parisc too).
>
> Alex Chiang did the bisect to find this change as
> the cause of the breakage.  The problem is that ia64
> expects that the first item in each ksymtab entry to be
> a function pointer.  The code in modpost that creates
> .tmp_exports-asm.S doesn't know about types of exported
> objects, so it uses __EXPORT_SYMBOL from linux/mod_export.h
> for everything. This results in
>
>         PTR SYM(sym);
>         PTR SYM(__kstrtab_##sym);
>
> which the preprocessor expands to entries like:
>
>         .long ____pagevec_lru_add
>         .long __kstrtab____pagevec_lru_add
>
> which puts the address of the first instruction of the
> function into the table, rather than the address of a
> function pointer (which on ia64 is a two element data
> object containing the code address and the global data
> pointer).
>
> The syntax you need for this* is:
>
>         .long @fptr(____pagevec_lru_add)
>         .long __kstrtab____pagevec_lru_add
>
> Note that you must only use the @fptr(name) syntax for
> function exports. Exported data items just need an address.
>
> -Tony
>
> * On ia64 ... powerpc and parisc might need something else.
>   

Thanks!  It doesn't sound too hard to retro-fit your suggestion.

Still, I can't help wondering if I've done this all wrong :-/.  Perhaps 
I should avoid the assembler.  Instead, I could write a tool to sort the 
ksymtab elf sections in-place (and mangle their relocations 
accordingly).  That should preserve any special handling for function 
symbols without arch-specific special cases.  It would also concentrate 
all the magic in one tool - rather than it being scattered between the 
modpost tool, mod_export.h, tmp_exports.S, and vmlinux.lds.h.

Alan

  reply	other threads:[~2009-11-21  0:02 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 57+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2009-11-02 16:52 Fast LKM symbol resolution Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03  3:55 ` Greg KH
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 0/10] module: Speed up symbol resolution during module loading (using binary search) Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03 15:58   ` Greg KH
2009-11-05 12:17     ` Rusty Russell
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 01/10] ARM: use unified discard definition in linker script Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 02/10] ARM: unexport symbols used to implement floating point emulation Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 03/10] module: extract __EXPORT_SYMBOL from module.h into mod_export.h Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 04/10] module: make MODULE_SYMBOL_PREFIX into a CONFIG option Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03 10:19   ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-03 10:19     ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-03 12:16     ` Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03 12:30       ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-03 12:30         ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-03 13:29         ` Paul Mundt
2009-11-03 13:39           ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-03 13:39             ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-03 13:46             ` Paul Mundt
2009-11-03 13:58               ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-03 13:58                 ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-03 14:07                 ` Paul Mundt
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 05/10] kbuild: sort the list of symbols exported by the kernel (__ksymtab) Alan Jenkins
2009-11-04  8:19   ` Rusty Russell
2009-11-04 10:00     ` Alan Jenkins
2009-11-04 11:12       ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-04 11:12         ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-04 17:19       ` Sam Ravnborg
2009-11-05 14:24         ` Alan Jenkins
2009-11-05 16:17           ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-05 16:17             ` Mike Frysinger
2009-11-09  3:17           ` Rusty Russell
2009-11-20 22:20             ` Tony Luck
2009-11-20 22:20               ` Tony Luck
2009-11-21  0:02               ` Alan Jenkins [this message]
2009-11-23 19:53                 ` Alex Chiang
2009-11-23 22:44                   ` Alan Jenkins
2009-11-24  0:57                   ` Rusty Russell
2009-11-24  5:39                     ` James Bottomley
2009-11-24  9:28                       ` Alan Jenkins
2009-11-24 22:43                         ` James Bottomley
2009-11-25  9:15                           ` Alan Jenkins
2009-11-25 15:08                             ` James Bottomley
2009-11-25 17:01                               ` Alan Jenkins
2009-11-27 11:03                               ` Rusty Russell
2009-11-26  0:40   ` Andrew Morton
2009-11-26 17:14     ` Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 06/10] module: refactor symbol tables and try to reduce code size of each_symbol() Alan Jenkins
2009-11-04  8:28   ` Rusty Russell
2009-11-04  9:45     ` Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 07/10] lib: Add generic binary search function to the kernel Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 08/10] lib: bsearch - remove redundant special case for arrays of size 0 Alan Jenkins
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 09/10] module: speed up find_symbol() using binary search on the builtin symbol tables Alan Jenkins
2009-11-04  8:31   ` Rusty Russell
2009-11-03 10:06 ` [PATCH 10/10] module: fix is_exported() to return true for all types of exports Alan Jenkins
2009-11-04  8:32   ` Rusty Russell
2009-11-06  5:37 ` Fast LKM symbol resolution Carmelo Amoroso
2009-11-07 20:59 [PATCH 0/10] module: Speed up symbol resolution during module loading (using binary search) Alan Jenkins
2009-11-07 21:03 ` [PATCH 05/10] kbuild: sort the list of symbols exported by the kernel (__ksymtab) Alan Jenkins

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