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

From: Nicolas Pitre
Date: Wed Nov 19 2014 - 11:57:24 EST

On Wed, 19 Nov 2014, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:

> On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 11:37:47AM -0500, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
> > On Wed, 19 Nov 2014, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > > 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
> > > alternative.
> >
> > Modules could be built without far calls by default, and then the module
> > linker would only have to redirect those calls whose destination is too
> > far away to a dynamically created trampoline table.
> >
> > If I remember correctly you even posted some patches to that effect a
> > couple years ago. Maybe those could be salvaged?
> I don't think I ever did, because its pretty much impossible to do as I
> explained in a follow up to this thread.
> We _used_ to do this with the userspace insmod methods, but since we got
> this kernel-side linker, it's been pretty much impossible to do without
> rewriting the module code. That's not going to happen on account of one
> quirky architecture which Linus doesn't particularly like.

Still... We could try adding a hook in the generic module linker code
for a pre-relocation pass. Maybe only ARM would use it, but if the need
to load big modules is real then I imagine Linus could be amenable to a

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at