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> Actually, we could do something like this. I think it was Alan Cox (or
> possibly Eric Young) who first suggested that we could use the gcc
> attribute feature to put certain procedure into a separate ELF section,
> so that at the end of the boot sequence, those pages could be
> marked as being reusable. It would require doing some GCC-specific
> features, but it shouldn't require any special as or ld hacks.

Actually it was me who had that idea to reduce the kernel memory
footprint by moving the detection/init/whatever code into a separate ELF
section. On last years devellopers conference in Berlin I first talked
with Eric and then Alan about it.

Due to the fact that almost all systems were still running a.out kernels at
that time, we postponed this project to a point of time when the ELF
migration would have been completed. Eventually this project got almost
forgotten.


Mike

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