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SubjectRe: [patch 16/17] Immediate Values - Documentation
* Rusty Russell ( wrote:
> On Thursday 10 April 2008 01:08:45 Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > If you have to read the immediate values from a function declared as
> > __init or __exit, you should explicitly use _imv_read(), which will fall
> > back on a global variable read. Failing to do so will leave a reference to
> > the __init section after it is freed (it would generate a modpost
> > warning).
> That's a real usability wart. Couldn't we skip these in the patching loop if
> required and revert so noone can make this mistake?

Yeah, I know :(

Well, only if we can find a way to detect the macro is put within a init
or exit section. Is there some assembly trickery that would permit us to
do that ?

Otherwise, given the memory freed from the init section could be reused
later by the kernel, I don't see how we can detect the pointer leads to
a freed init section and, say, a module.


> Thanks,
> Rusty.

Mathieu Desnoyers
Computer Engineering Ph.D. Student, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
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