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    SubjectHow to use hugetlb for the text of a program ?
    Hi all

    I'm trying to use a 4Mo page on a i686 to map the text portion of a
    statically linked program.
    I used a link script to make the text mapped to 0x00400000
    The datas start at next 4M boundary (0x00800000)

    architecture: i386, flags 0x00000112:
    start address 0x00400100

    Program Header:
    LOAD off 0x00000000 vaddr 0x00400000 paddr 0x00400000 align 2**12
    filesz 0x00080ebc memsz 0x00080ebc flags r-x
    LOAD off 0x00081000 vaddr 0x00800000 paddr 0x00800000 align 2**12
    filesz 0x00005994 memsz 0x00047870 flags rw-
    NOTE off 0x00000094 vaddr 0x00400094 paddr 0x00400094 align 2**2
    filesz 0x00000020 memsz 0x00000020 flags r--

    Next, I tried to use the following function in a hope to copy the text into
    a single 4Mo page :

    #include <sys/mman.h>
    #include <fcntl.h>

    #define HUGESZ 0x400000 /* size of one 4M page*/
    #define TEXTSTART (char*)0x00400000 /* see ldscript */

    void hugerelocate()
    int fd = open("/huge/textfile", O_RDWR | O_CREAT, 0644) ;
    char *ptr ;
    extern int _etext ;
    if (fd == -1) return ;
    ftruncate(fd, 0) ;
    ftruncate(fd, HUGESZ) ;
    ptr = mmap((char *)0x10000000, HUGESZ, PROT_READ|PROT_WRITE, MAP_SHARED, fd,
    0) ;
    if (ptr == (char *)1) { close(fd);return;}
    memcpy(ptr, TEXTSTART, (char *)&_etext - TEXTSTART) ;
    msync(ptr, HUGESZ, MS_SYNC) ;
    close(fd) ;
    munmap(ptr, HUGESZ) ;

    The msync() call produces this kernel message (linux-2.6.0-test3)
    mm/msync.c:52: bad pmd 108000e7.

    The problem I have is the last mmap(), trying to replace the program text by
    the 4M page, just kills the program.

    If I try to use a regular file (not on a hugetlbfs), the program is killed

    I tried other MAP_??? flags without success.

    Do you know if what I'm trying to do is possible ? ie is a hugetlb page OK
    with PROT_EXEC ?

    Alternatives :

    - I was thinking to write a special loader to load the program, but I dont
    know how to cope with the brk()

    - A combination of a linker/kernel new feature :
    ELF tagged program to ask the kernel to use 4Mo pages if possible to
    load the text of a program from the executable file, instead of mapping it
    (only for superuser users)


    Eric Dumazet

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