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SubjectRe: alpha 2.4.13: fix taso osf emulation
On Fri, 26 Oct 2001, Richard Henderson wrote:

> > The following trivial patch reportedly fixes OSF/1 programs using 31-bit
> > addressing. It's already present in the -ac tree; I guess it just got
> > lost during a merge. It applies fine to 2.4.13.
> This is the patch that Jay Estabrook forwarded me that I rejected
> in favour of writing a special arch_get_unmapped_area.

Ah, that is a fine approach as well; I just considered the change small
enough it's not worth making it arch-specific. Besides, my patch alsoo
has a small advantage of keeping the search algorithm the same across all
the archs.

> > It used to do so. It breaks things such as dynamic linking of shared
> > objects linked at high load address.
> Err, how?

I mean, the original algorithm as implemented in 2.4.9. If you had asked
e.g. for memory above TASK_SIZE you would have got an error no matter how
much address space was still available below.

> > It breaks mmap() in principle, as it shouldn't fail when invoked with
> > a non-zero, non-MAP_FIXED, invalid address if there is still address
> > space available elsewhere.
> No, it doesn't. Or rather, it only does if you only bothered
> to search once. IMO one should search thrice: once at addr,
> once at TASK_UNMAPPED_BASE, and once at PAGE_SIZE.

OK, but I'd prefer to avoid searching overlapping areas over and over
again for performance's sake. My solution does a single lookup and a
single search, effectively covering at least the whole space that would be
used if no address preference was specified; more if a program asked for
space below TASK_UNMAPPED_BASE (= "yes, I know what I'm doing, I want to
limit my brk() space").

+ Maciej W. Rozycki, Technical University of Gdansk, Poland +
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