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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] parisc: fix module loading failure of large kernel modules (take 4)
    On Thursday 01 January 2009 03:59:36 Linus Torvalds wrote:
    > 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

    Ah, someone hit this elsewhere and thought this was an arch-specific bug.
    Any chance we can just kill those compiler versions and move on with our
    lives? 4.1.3 definitely doesn't have the problem.

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

    I think what you mean is "I prefer __weak". Which is fine, and not
    trivially disprovable by grep.

    It's a gratuitous kernelism, but it's an inoffensive one.

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