Re: [PATCH RFC] ARM: option for loading modules into vmalloc area

From: Russell King - ARM Linux
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 - 11:08:13 EST

On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 05:02:40PM +0100, Ard Biesheuvel wrote:
> On 19 November 2014 16:52, Konstantin Khlebnikov <koct9i@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Do you mean ldr pc, =symbol ?
> >
> > In this case I get this error:
> >
> > /tmp/ccAHtONU.s: Assembler messages:
> > /tmp/ccAHtONU.s:220: Error: invalid literal constant: pool needs to be closer
> >
> > Probably constant pool doesn't work well in inline assembly.
> >
> >
> > Something like this seems work:
> >
> > add lr, pc, #4
> > ldr pc, [pc, #-4]
> > .long symbol
> >
> You can add a '.ltorg' instruction which tells the assembler to dump
> the literal pool, but you still need to jump over it, i.e.,
> adr lr, 0f
> ldr pc, =symbol
> .ltorg
> 0:

Which is not a good idea either, because the compiler needs to know how
far away its own manually generated literal pool is from the instructions
which reference it. The .ltorg statement can end up emitting any number
of literals at that point, which makes it indeterminant how many words
are contained within the asm() statement.

Yes, it isn't desirable to waste an entire data cache line per indirect
call like the original quote above, but I don't see a practical

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