[PATCH 00/13] mm: jit/text allocator

Kent Overstreet kent.overstreet at linux.dev
Fri Jun 2 04:14:56 AEST 2023

On Thu, Jun 01, 2023 at 05:12:03PM +0100, Mark Rutland wrote:
> For a while I have wanted to give kprobes its own allocator so that it can work
> even with CONFIG_MODULES=n, and so that it doesn't have to waste VA space in
> the modules area.
> Given that, I think these should have their own allocator functions that can be
> provided independently, even if those happen to use common infrastructure.

How much memory can kprobes conceivably use? I think we also want to try
to push back on combinatorial new allocators, if we can.

> > Several architectures override module_alloc() because of various
> > constraints where the executable memory can be located and this causes
> > additional obstacles for improvements of code allocation.
> > 
> > This set splits code allocation from modules by introducing
> > jit_text_alloc(), jit_data_alloc() and jit_free() APIs, replaces call
> > sites of module_alloc() and module_memfree() with the new APIs and
> > implements core text and related allocation in a central place.
> > 
> > Instead of architecture specific overrides for module_alloc(), the
> > architectures that require non-default behaviour for text allocation must
> > fill jit_alloc_params structure and implement jit_alloc_arch_params() that
> > returns a pointer to that structure. If an architecture does not implement
> > jit_alloc_arch_params(), the defaults compatible with the current
> > modules::module_alloc() are used.
> As above, I suspect that each of the callsites should probably be using common
> infrastructure, but I don't think that a single jit_alloc_arch_params() makes
> sense, since the parameters for each case may need to be distinct.

I don't see how that follows. The whole point of function parameters is
that they may be different :)

Can you give more detail on what parameters you need? If the only extra
parameter is just "does this allocation need to live close to kernel
text", that's not that big of a deal.

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