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    SubjectRe: Patch to reorder functions in the vmlinux to a defined order
    On Thu, Feb 23, 2006 at 09:13:24PM +0100, Rene Herman wrote:
    > Linus Torvalds wrote:
    >
    > >If you want to boot a 4MB machine with the suggested patch, you'd
    > >have to enable CONFIG_EMBEDDED (something you'd likely want to do
    > >anyway, for 4M machine), and turn the physical start address back
    > >down to 1MB.
    >
    > Okay. I suppose the only other option is to make "physical_start" a
    > variable passed in by the bootloader so that it could make a runtime
    > decision? Ie, place us at min(top_of_mem, 4G) if it cared to. I just
    > grepped for PHYSICAL_START and this didn't look _too_ bad.
    >
    > I'm out of my league here though -- if I remember correctly from some
    > reading of the early bootcode I once did, the kernel set up some
    > temporary tables first to only cover the first few MB? If so, then I
    > guess it would be a significant change.
    >
    > Seems a bit cleaner though than just hardcoding the address.

    the kdump people were looking at making the kernel runtime relocatable
    at one point, which with my distro-vendor hat on, would be useful
    as it'd mean we could use the same kernel image for normal boot, and
    also for the 'kdump kernel' (Right now, we ship another set of
    kernels for each arch with a different PHYSICAL_START).
    (You wouldn't believe how much grief we get from the installer folks
    for adding another set of kernel images to the ISOs).

    I think that work stalled a while back though.

    Dave

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