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Date:   Wed, 24 Apr 2019 14:23:34 -0500
From:   Josh Poimboeuf <>
To:     Joao Moreira <>
Cc:     Miroslav Benes <>,
        Joe Lawrence <>,,,, Jessica Yu <>,
        Jiri Kosina <>,
        Konstantin Khlebnikov <>,
        Masahiro Yamada <>,
        Michael Matz <>, Nicolai Stange <>,
        Petr Mladek <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 0/9] klp-convert livepatch build tooling

On Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 04:13:59PM -0300, Joao Moreira wrote:
> > > Future Work
> > > -----------
> > > 
> > > I don't see an easy way to support multiple homonym <object, name>
> > > symbols with unique <position> values in the current livepatch module
> > > Elf format.  The only solutions that come to mind right now include
> > > renaming homonym symbols somehow to retain the relocation->symbol
> > > relationship when separate object files are combined.  Perhaps an
> > > intermediate linker step could make annotated symbols unique in some way
> > > to achieve this.  /thinking out loud
> > 
> > I'd set this aside for now and we can return to it later. I think it could
> > be quite rare in practice.
> > 
> > I was thinking about renaming the symbol too. We can extend the symbol
> > naming convention we have now and deal with it in klp_resolve_symbols(),
> > but maybe Josh will come up with something clever and cleaner.
> I think this could work well, but (sorry if I understood Joe's idea wrongly)
> not as a linker step. Instead of modifying the linker, I think we could
> create another tool and plug it into the kbuild pipeline prior to the
> livepatch module linking. This way, we would parse the .o elf files, check
> for homonyms and rename them based on a convention that is later understood
> by klp-convert, as suggested.
> If I am not missing something, this would fix the case where we have
> homonyms pointing to the same or different positions, without additional
> user intervention other then adding the SYMPOS annotations.
> If you consider this to be useful I can start experiencing.

I tend to agree with Miroslav that it's probably ok to ignore this issue
for now, as long as klp-convert can detect it and spit out an error.  I
assume the patch author could work around it with a kallsyms hack.  If
we encounter it much in the real world then we could figure out a
solution at that point.


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