Re: [PATCH] mod_devicetable.h: reduce sizeof(struct of_device_id) by 80 bytes

From: Rasmus Villemoes
Date: Thu May 02 2019 - 05:41:54 EST

On 26/04/2019 11.27, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 25, 2019 at 10:31 PM Rasmus Villemoes
> <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> For an arm imx_v6_v7_defconfig kernel, .rodata becomes 70K smaller;
>> shrinks by another ~13K, making the whole kernel image
>> about 83K, or 0.3%, smaller.
>> Signed-off-by: Rasmus Villemoes <linux@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> The space savings are nice, but I wonder if the format of these
> structures is part of the ABI or not. I have some vague recollection
> of that, but it's possible that it's no longer true in this century.
> scripts/mod/file2alias.c processes the structures into a different
> format and seems to be written specifically to avoid problems
> with changes like the one you did. Can anyone confirm that
> this is true before we apply the patch?

I can't confirm it, of course, but I did do some digging around and
couldn't find anything other than file2alias, which as you mention is
prepared for such a change. I also couldn't find any specific reason for
the 128 (it's not a #define, so at least originally it didn't seem to be
tied to some external consumer) - Jeff, do you remember why you chose
that back when you did 5e6557722e69?

But we cannot really know whether there is some userspace tool that
parses the .ko ELF objects the same way that file2alias does, doing
pattern matching on the symbol names etc. I cannot see why anybody would
_do_ that (the in-tree infrastructure already generates the
MODULE_ALIAS() from which modules.alias gets generated), but the only
way of knowing, I think, is to try to apply the patch and see if anybody