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Subject[PATCH] Kallsyms Should Prefer Non Weak Symbols
> [...]
> kallsyms returns the first symbol encountered, even though it is weak,
> when it should in fact return sys_ni_syscall.
> Is it a concern for anyone else out there ? Would it make sense to fix
> it ?

I don't know if it is a concern, but if we're going to fix it, we should
probably do it in "scripts/kallsyms" by providing a list that is already
sorted according to "address, weakness".

This way the run-time kernel keeps the current behavior, without any
overhead. Something along the lines of the attached patch (just compile
tested).

However, this is an area where we've had problems in the past with some
architectures giving different results between passes, and then any change
to the symbol order might make the problem worse and make the build process
fail with a "Inconsistent kallsyms data" error message.

So, if someone wants to use this, it should go through -mm for a while,
first.

It applies on top of 2.6.24-rc2-git3.

From: Paulo Marques <pmarques@grupopie.com>
Signed-off-by: Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@polymtl.ca>
CC: Rusty Russell <rusty@rustcorp.com.au>
---
scripts/kallsyms.c | 36 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
1 file changed, 34 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
Index: linux-2.6-lttng/scripts/kallsyms.c
===================================================================
--- linux-2.6-lttng.orig/scripts/kallsyms.c 2007-10-31 21:38:36.000000000 -0400
+++ linux-2.6-lttng/scripts/kallsyms.c 2007-10-31 22:29:28.000000000 -0400
@@ -34,7 +34,7 @@

struct sym_entry {
unsigned long long addr;
- unsigned int len;
+ unsigned int len, start_pos;
unsigned char *sym;
};

@@ -202,8 +202,10 @@ static void read_map(FILE *in)
exit (1);
}
}
- if (read_symbol(in, &table[table_cnt]) == 0)
+ if (read_symbol(in, &table[table_cnt]) == 0) {
+ table[table_cnt].start_pos = table_cnt;
table_cnt++;
+ }
}
}

@@ -507,6 +509,35 @@ static void optimize_token_table(void)
}


+static int compare_symbols(const void *a, const void *b)
+{
+ struct sym_entry *sa, *sb;
+ int wa, wb;
+
+ sa = (struct sym_entry *) a;
+ sb = (struct sym_entry *) b;
+
+ /* sort by address first */
+ if (sa->addr > sb->addr)
+ return 1;
+ if (sa->addr < sb->addr)
+ return -1;
+
+ /* sort by "weakness" type */
+ wa = (sa->sym[0] == 'w') || (sa->sym[0] == 'W');
+ wb = (sb->sym[0] == 'w') || (sb->sym[0] == 'W');
+ if (wa != wb)
+ return wa - wb;
+
+ /* sort by initial order, so that other symbols are left undisturbed */
+ return sa->start_pos - sb->start_pos;
+}
+
+static void sort_symbols(void)
+{
+ qsort(table, table_cnt, sizeof(struct sym_entry), compare_symbols);
+}
+
int main(int argc, char **argv)
{
if (argc >= 2) {
@@ -527,6 +558,7 @@ int main(int argc, char **argv)
usage();

read_map(stdin);
+ sort_symbols();
optimize_token_table();
write_src();

--
Mathieu Desnoyers
Computer Engineering Ph.D. Student, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
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