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SubjectRe: The disappearing sys_call_table export.
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On Mon, 2003-05-05 at 13:16, Alan Cox wrote:
> On Llu, 2003-05-05 at 10:33, Terje Eggestad wrote:
> > 1. performance is everything.
>
> Then you can live with building custom patched kernels
>

If there was numerous issues, sure. But every time we get to the point
where it seem that that is necessary we find a workaround.
Right now, this is the ONLY issue we got..


> > 2. We're making a MPI library, and as such we don't have any control
> > with the application.
>
> LD_PRELOAD
>

IN general LD_PRELOAD is fun for testing and academic programs, but not
for production code.

In specific you run into a problem with how fortran 90 compilers do
dynamical arrays. It's very compiler dependent.

> > 3c. It's therefore necessary for HW to access user pages.
>
> Like TV cards do. That isnt hard
>

nobody said it is.

> > 4. In order to to 3, the user pages must be pinned down.
> > 5. the way MPI is written, it's not using a special malloc() to allocate
> > the send receive buffers. It can't since it would break language binding
> > to fortran. Thus ANY writeable user page may be used.
>
> Well not all the pages are guaranteed DMAable, so I guess you already
> lost.
>

Nope. The drivers test to see if the page is DMAable, and do a copy if
necessary. Most of the high performance interconnects NIC's do 64 bit
PCI.

> > 10. kernel patches are impractical, I must be able to do this with std
> > stock, redhat, AND suse kernels.
>
> So you want every vendor to screw up their kernels and the base kernel
> for an obscure (but fun) corner case. Thats not a rational choice is it.
> You want "performance is everything" you pay the price, don't make
> everyone suffer.

No! I don't disagree with removing the export of the syscall_table!

I just want the "proper mechanism" indicated by Arjan in the changelog.
Pls read this thread. There are legitimate uses to having syscall
hooks/notifications, either you think mine is or not.

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