[PATCH 15/22] arch: vdso: consolidate gettime prototypes

Michael Ellerman mpe at ellerman.id.au
Thu Nov 9 21:18:54 AEDT 2023

"Arnd Bergmann" <arnd at arndb.de> writes:
> On Wed, Nov 8, 2023, at 19:31, Christophe Leroy wrote:
>> Le 08/11/2023 à 13:58, Arnd Bergmann a écrit :
>> powerpc has functions doing more or less the same, they are called 
>> __c_kernel_clock_gettime() and alike with their prototypes siting in 
>> arch/powerpc/include/asm/vdso/gettimeofday.h
>> Should those prototypes be moved to include/vdso/gettime.h too and 
>> eventually renamed, or are they considered too powerpc specific ?
> I don't actually know, my initial interpretation was that
> these function names are part of the user ABI for the vdso,
> but I never looked closely enough at how vdso works to
> be sure what the actual ABI is.

AFAIK the ABI is just the symbols we export, as defined in the linker

 * This controls what symbols we export from the DSO.


> If __c_kernel_clock_gettime() etc are not part of the user-facing
> ABI, I think renaming them for consistency with the other
> architectures would be best.

The __c symbols are not part of the ABI, so we could rename them.

At the moment though they don't have the same prototype as the generic
versions, because we find the VDSO data in asm and pass it to the C
functions, eg:

int __c_kernel_gettimeofday(struct __kernel_old_timeval *tv, struct timezone *tz,
			    const struct vdso_data *vd);

I think we can rework that though, by implementing
__arch_get_vdso_data() and getting the vdso_data in C. Then we'd be able
to share the prototypes.


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