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Date:	Sun, 18 Mar 2007 08:58:21 -0700
From:	Jeremy Fitzhardinge <jeremy@...p.org>
To:	Andi Kleen <ak@....de>
CC:	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>, rusty@...tcorp.com.au,
	mingo@...e.hu, akpm@...ux-foundation.org,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, virtualization@...ts.osdl.org,
	xen-devel@...ts.xensource.com, chrisw@...s-sol.org,
	zach@...are.com, anthony@...emonkey.ws,
	torvalds@...ux-foundation.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [patch 13/26] Xen-paravirt_ops: Consistently wrap paravirt ops
 callsites to make them patchable

Andi Kleen wrote:
>> The idea is _NOT_ that you go look for references to the paravirt_ops
>> members structure, that would be stupid and you wouldn't be able to
>> use the most efficient addressing mode on a given cpu, you'd be
>> patching up indirect calls and crap like that.  Just say no...
>>     
>
> That wouldn't handle inlines though. At least some of the current
> paravirtops like cli/sti are critical enough to require inlining.
>   

You could special-case it in the thing handling the relocs; if you're
relocating to point to a function which you have an inline substitution,
then inline.

The bigger problem is that you don't know what registers you can
clobber.  For the pv_ops in hand-written asm, that a big pain.  The code
either has to assume the worst, or the "relocator" has to do something
more sophisticated (like look for push/pop pairs surrounding the call,
perhaps?).

    J
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