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Date:	Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:25:28 +0100
To:	Linus Torvalds <>
Cc:	"H. Peter Anvin" <>,
	Andy Lutomirski <>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,
	Andreas Brief <>,
	Martin Runge <>
Subject: Re: [x86, vdso] BUG: unable to handle kernel paging request at

Zitat von Linus Torvalds <>:

> On Mon, Mar 10, 2014 at 1:06 PM, H. Peter Anvin <> wrote:
>> The quick way to get something working is simply to reserve more than
>> one page (two should presumably be enough) in the fixmap and adjust the
>> link address of the VDSO accordingly.  This is not where we want to go
>> in the long term, but it doesn't seem to make sense to try to do
>> everything all at once -- we are already starting to push way too close
>> to the 3.15 merge window.
> If the only immediate problem is the code generation size, then Andy
> already had a (simpler) hack-around:
>   #undef CONFIG_X86_PPRO_FENCE
> in vclock_gettime.c.

This was discovered by me.

> I think we could make it a bit less hacky by just restricting the
> inlining of the paravirt case, since that's presumably the crap code
> that causes things to grow too large. Or find out what in there it is
> that explodes in size, and just try to de-crapify the code enough that
> it no longer does that.

The two options above makes the code grow. The x86 pro fence make add
alternatives which increase the code by 600 bytes and the optimize
inlining will add another 500 bytes.

But this is not a real solution, at least when vcpu function support
will be added, then the code size will exceed the page size. Reserving
two pages for the VDSO is a good option.

- Stefani

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