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SubjectRe: [PATCH] parisc: fix module loading failure of large kernel modules (take 4)

On Wed, 31 Dec 2008, Helge Deller wrote:
> [PATCH 1/2] module.c: fix module loading failure of large kernel modules
> When creating the final layout of a kernel module in memory, allow the
> module loader to reserve some additional memory in front of a given section.
> This is currently only needed for the parisc port which needs to put the
> stub entries there to fulfill the 17/22bit PCREL relocations with large
> kernel modules like xfs.
> Differences of this patch to previous versions:
> - added weak funtion arch_module_section_size()

This doesn't work.

We've had this bug several times now, and one of them just very recently.

Some gcc versions will inline weak functions if they are in scope - even
if there is a non-weak function somewhere else. So you MUST NOT have the
weak definition in the same file (or indirectly called through some inline
functions in a header file) as the call. Because if you do, then any user
with the wrong version of gcc will get the weak function semantics, even
if it was meant to be overridden by something else.

> +/* Additional bytes needed by arch in front of individual sections */
> +unsigned int __attribute__ ((weak)) arch_module_section_size(
> + struct module *mod, unsigned int section)

We don't write out that whole "__attribute__" crud. We use

unsigned in __weak arch_module_section_size(struct module *mod, unsigned int section)

instead. But as mentioned, it needs to be in another compilation unit.


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