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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] Kernel Live Patching
On Thu, Nov 06, 2014 at 11:47:45PM -0800, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Thu, Nov 06, 2014 at 09:24:23PM +0100, Vojtech Pavlik wrote:
> > One reason is that there are currently at least two generators using
> > very different methods of generation (in addition to the option of doing
> > the patch module by hand), and neither of them are currently in a state
> > where they would be ready for inclusion into the kernel (although the
> > kpatch one is clearly closer to that).
> So agree on one method and get it into shape, just like we do for other
> kernel subsystems.

That's our goal (and it sounds like everybody's on board with that).

But we have two different implementations, all the way up the stack. I
think we have to work on combining and stabilizing one thing at a time.
We want to do this in stages:

1. Define a common core module with an API that can be used by all three
approaches (manual, kpatch generator, kGraft generator)

2. Add consistency model(s) (e.g. kpatch stop_machine, kGraft per-task
consistency, Masami's per task ref counting)

3. Add combined patch module generation tool


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