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SubjectRe: [patch] fastcall-2.3.32-B6, SYSENTER/SYSEXIT support
Richard Guenther writes:
> On Wed, 15 Dec 1999, Richard Gooch wrote:
>
> > Richard Guenther writes:
> > > Richard Gooch writes:
> > > > I propose a much simpler abstraction: set up a global page (which
> > > > always appears at a fixed address in user-space), and set up a jump
> > > > table. Have one jump vector per system call. That's the ABI. End of
> > > > story.
> > >
> > > While I like the idea in general, a more generic solution would to
> > > tell the dynamic linker about this page and have a global symbol
> > > like __linux_ia32_entry and have it fixup the syscall entry addresses
> > > at runtime. This way you could override the magic symbol with
> > > LD_PRELOAD and implement strace and friends via a intermediate
> > > jump table.
> > >
> > > You could switch from a jump-table to a destination-address-table
> > > and have either indirect calls or let the dynamic linker fixup
> > > direct calls by reading addresses (of course they have to have fixed
> > > values after boot then...) from the global page - no indirect or
> > > double jump penalty.
> >
> > This doesn't affect the kernel. The kernel just provides the jump
> > table in a known location. User-space can decide what to do with that.
> > You can have your __linux_ia32_entry symbol or not, as you like.
>
> It does affect the kernel, because if you want to do neat tricks
> you have to ensure that the contents of the page (the contents of
> the jump-table) is constant during runtime of any program - If this
> is the case, of course, rest is completely user-space.

Maybe we're talking past each other? The kernel-provided jump table
would be constant multiple versions of the kernel, let alone across
reboots or during the lifetime of a single programme. The jump table
would only change if a new syscall was added, in which case the would
be a new entry appended to the jump table.

Regards,

Richard....
Permanent: rgooch@atnf.csiro.au
Current: rgooch@ras.ucalgary.ca

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