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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Runtime memory barrier patching
On Tue, Apr 22, 2003 at 01:35:57AM +0200, Jamie Lokier wrote:
> Andi Kleen wrote:
> > The patching code is quite generic and could be used to patch other
> > instructions
> Such as removing the lock prefix when running non-SMP?

Yes, could work. But you need a new variant of alternative()
or eat worse code. The current alternative() can only handle
constant sized original instructions, which requires that you
use a constant sized constraint (e.g. (%0) ... "r" (ptr)) etc.)
"m" is unfortunately variable size.

For the special case of lock it would still work because you
only need to patch the prefix away, not replace the whole
instruction, but that requires a new macro.

Also when you do that I would start to think about discarding the
.altinstructions section after load to avoid too much kernel bloat (it
currently costs 7 byte + the length of the replacement. And lock
is quite common in the kernel these days.

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