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SubjectRe: common name for the kernel DSO
Followup to:  <>
By author: David Mosberger <>
In newsgroup:
> Both x86 and ia64 now provide a dynamically shared object (DSO) for
> system call purposes (e.g., to speed up system calls and for signal
> trampoline/sigreturn purposes). At the moment, the names of these
> DSOs are different:
> x86:
> ia64:
> I think there is some value in using the same name on all platforms
> that support such a DSO. vsyscall makes no sense for ia64, since
> there are no virtual syscalls (instead, ia64 linux provides a fast
> system call convention which, when coupled with light-weight system
> call handlers, provide full syscall semantics at more or less the
> speed of virtual system calls).
> Not surprisingly, I like the name "linux-gate", since that is really
> what this DSO is all about: it's a gateway between user and kernel
> space. However, if this name isn't appropriate for x86, perhaps we
> can find another name which will be acceptable to everybody.

It's a pretty ugly name, quite frankly, since it doesn't explain what
it is a gate from or to. or
would make a lot more sense.

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