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Date:	Fri, 13 Jun 2014 09:03:02 -0700
From:	"H. Peter Anvin" <>
To:	Andy Lutomirski <>
CC:	"" <>,
	X86 ML <>, Russ Cox <>,
	Ian Taylor <>
Subject: Re: vdso feature requests from the Go people

On 06/13/2014 08:34 AM, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> I'm only aware of two implementations that work like that: glibc and
> musl.  AFAIK neither one even tries to use the vdso when statically
> linked.  IIRC, Bionic doesn't support the vdso at all, and Go has the
> present issue.

I would expect uClibc to behave similarly.  Bionic does, indeed, not
support the vdso, but that is not for the lack of a linker but is really
a shortcoming in Bionic.

> And ELF parsing is a giant mess.  Currently the vdso doesn't use
> DT_GNU_HASH (easy to fix) but no one can safely rely on DT_GNU_HASH
> being there, and DT_GNU_HASH isn't actually easier to parse.

Right... and the vdso is small enough that the performance doesn't
matter.  However, we probably *ought* to publish DT_GNU_HASH data.

>>> 2. Go uses a segmented stack, and the vdso is quite unfriendly for
>>> segmented stack.  If we can get compiler support, is there a
>>> reasonable way that we could advertise the maximum stack usage of each
>>> vdso entry point?
>> I suspect an easier way to do that would just be to define a maximum
>> stack usage for *any* vdso entry point, and then enable the gcc stack
>> depth warning (perhaps even with Werror)... we can do this now.
> I can imagine this causing lots of pain when gcc 4.11 comes out with
> some issue that blows up the stack usage.  Or when akpm compiles on
> Fedora Core 6 using some ancient toolchain that spills every local
> variable three or four times and assigns every possible inline
> function its own non-overlapping stack range.
> My copy of gcc supports -fstack-usage, which seems like an easyish way
> to obtain the information.  I'm not entirely sure whether
> -fstack-usage refers to the whole call tree or just to the specific
> function.

There are issues either way.  However, most vdso code doesn't use much
stack at all, and it seems reasonable to put a (conservative) cap on it
as a matter of policy.


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