[CFT] ELF Relocatable x86 and x86_64 bzImages

Vivek Goyal vgoyal at in.ibm.com
Sat Aug 26 06:16:17 EST 2006

On Mon, Jul 31, 2006 at 10:19:04AM -0600, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> I have spent some time and have gotten my relocatable kernel patches
> working against the latest kernels.  I intend to push this upstream
> shortly.
> Could all of the people who care take a look and test this out
> to make certain that it doesn't just work on my test box?
> My approach is to extend bzImage so that it is an ET_DYN ELF executable
> (we have what used to be a bootsector where we can put the header).
> Boot loaders are explicitly not expected to process relocations.
> The x86_64 kernel is simply built to live at a fixed virtual address
> and the boot page tables are relocated.  The i386 kernel is built
> to process relocates generated with --embedded-relocs (after vmlinux.lds.S)
> has been fixed up to sort out static and dynamic relocations.
> Currently there are 33 patches in my tree to do this.
> The weirdest symptom I have had so far is that page faults did not
> trigger the early exception handler on x86_64 (instead I got a reboot).
> The code should be available shortly at:
> git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/ebiederm/linux-2.6-reloc.git#reloc-v2.6.18-rc3
> If all goes well with the testing I will push the patches to Andrew in the next couple 
> of days.

It breaks powerpc build as poewrpc does not seem to be defining symbol
_text which is used by arch independent kallsyms.c. Attached is the one
line fix.


o ppc64 does not seem to be defining symbol _text  which is used by
  kernel/kallsyms.c for relocatable kernel patches. Instead of absolute
  symbol addresses now it is stored as offset from symbol _text
  (_text + offset) so that relocations entries for this section are
  generated, if need be. (currently i386 will be the only user once
  the relocatable kernel patches are merged).

Signed-off-by: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal at in.ibm.com>

 arch/powerpc/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S |    1 +
 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)

diff -puN arch/powerpc/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S~ppc64-compilation-fix arch/powerpc/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S
--- linux-2.6.18-rc3-1M/arch/powerpc/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S~ppc64-compilation-fix	2006-08-24 16:16:17.000000000 -0400
+++ linux-2.6.18-rc3-1M-root/arch/powerpc/kernel/vmlinux.lds.S	2006-08-24 16:26:33.000000000 -0400
@@ -33,6 +33,7 @@ SECTIONS
 	/* Text and gots */
 	.text : {
+		_text = .;
 		*(.text .text.*)

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