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SubjectRe: [PATCH 07/14] mce3: pass mce info to EDAC for decoding
Andi Kleen wrote:
>> The goal is to have a default handler within the kernel and a more specific handler in a module after it has loaded. Using the weak symbol as a mechanism to do that. I haven't used that, so I don't know if it works.
>
> weak symbols don't work over kernel modules.
>

For modules, you typically have to have a callback to update an internal
function pointer. If you think about it, it's pretty obvious -- a weak
symbol changes the behavior at link time, but it's still a static call.
If you want modules to change the behavior, you're talking about a
*dynamic* change -- the call will point to different things at different
points in time -- so you need another mechanism, i.e. function pointers.

-hpa



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