Re: [kvm-ia64-devel] [PATCH 0/4] ia64/xen: paravirtualization of hand written assembly code

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Date: 2008-02-26 02:04:29
Quoting Keith Owens <>:

> (on Mon, 25 Feb 2008 13:54:48 +0100) wrote:
> >Quoting Keith Owens <>:
> >{...}
> >> A combination of options (2) and (3) would work.  Have a single source
> >> file for the IVT, using conditional macros.  Use that source file to
> >> build (at least) two copies of the IVT, for native and any virtualized
> >> modes.  The native copy of the IVT starts at label ia64_ivt in section
> >> .text.ivt, as it does now.  Any IVT versions for virtualized mode are
> >> defined as __cpuinitdata, so they are discarded after boot, unless
> >> CONFIG_HOTPLUG_CPU=y.  arch/ia64/kernel/head.S copies the relevant
> >> virtualized version over ia64_ivt when necessary, before initializing
> >> cr.iva.
> >>
> >> Single source for maintenance.  No indirect function overhead at run
> >> time.  Binary patching at boot time for the right mode.  No wasted
> >> space in the kernel.
> >
> >Good idea.  The linker script will be slightly more complex however...
> Don't see why the linker script needs to change at all.  The existing
> native IVT is at label ia64_ivt in section .text.ivt, as it is now.
> arch/ia64/kernel/head.S simply overwrites ia64_ivt with 32K of data for
> the virtualized IVT, copying from another data area.  AFAICT, nothing
> in that process requires linker changes.

Humm, what about relative jumps ?  The object code must be linked as if it were
at .text.ivt.  I suppose this is doable with OVERLAY in linker script.
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