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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/2] improve vmalloc allocation
On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 01:09:23PM -0700, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 01:48:32PM -0600, Shuah Khan wrote:
> > On 10/23/2018 01:30 PM, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> > > On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 11:13:36AM -0600, Shuah Khan wrote:
> > >> I like this proposal. I think we will open up lot of test opportunities with
> > >> this approach.
> > >>
> > >> Maybe we can use this stress test as a pilot and see where it takes us.
> > >
> > > I am a bit worried that such an EXPORT_SYMBOL_KSELFTEST mechanism can be abused by
> > > out-of-tree module writers to call internal functionality.
> >
> > That is valid concern to consider before we go forward with the proposal.
> >
> > We could wrap EXPORT_SYMBOL_KSELFTEST this in an existing debug option. This could
> > be fine grained for each sub-system for its debug option. We do have a few of these
> > now
>
> This all seems far more complicated than my proposed solution.

Matthew's solution seems Ok to me where it works. A problem could be that it
will not always work.

As an example, recently I wanted to directly set the sysctl_sched_rt_runtime
variable from the rcutorture test, just for forcing some conditions. This
symbol is internal and inaccessible from modules. This can also be done by
calling the internal sched_rt_handler with some parameters. However I don't
think including an internal source file in a test source file can achieve the
objective of setting it since access to the internal symbol is not possible
without exporting it somehow. This could be a "special" case too but is an
example where the include trick may fall apart.

I do think its a cool trick though ;-)

- Joel

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