Re: [RESEND][mmotm][PATCH v2, 0/5] elf coredump: Add extendednumbering support

From: Daisuke HATAYAMA
Date: Mon Jan 11 2010 - 22:12:32 EST

From: Andrew Morton <akpm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RESEND][mmotm][PATCH v2, 0/5] elf coredump: Add extended numbering support
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 16:29:28 -0800

> On Mon, 04 Jan 2010 10:06:07 +0900 (JST)
> Daisuke HATAYAMA <d.hatayama@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > The current ELF dumper can produce broken corefiles if program headers
> > exceed 65535. In particular, the program in 64-bit environment often
> > demands more than 65535 mmaps. If you google max_map_count, then you
> > can find many users facing this problem.
> >
> > Solaris has already dealt with this issue, and other OSes have also
> > adopted the same method as in Solaris. Currently, Sun's document and
> > AMD 64 ABI include the description for the extension, where they call
> > the extension Extended Numbering. See Reference for further information.
> >
> > I believe that linux kernel should adopt the same way as they did, so
> > I've written this patch.
> >
> > I am also preparing for patches of GDB and binutils.
> That's a beautifully presented patchset. Thanks for doing all that
> work - it helps.
> UML maintenance appears to have ceased in recent times, so if we wish
> to have these changes runtime tested (we should) then I think it would
> be best if you could find someone to do that please.
> And no akpm code-review would be complete without: dump_seek() is
> waaaay to large to be inlined. Is there some common .c file to where
> we could move it?

I am sorry for very late reply.

* Patch Test for UML-i386

I tested on UML-i386 for the stable release of that time, precisely
2.6.32, since even building process for UML-i386 failed for mainline
and mmotm trees, as you've expected.

I don't know internal UML implementation at all, so I need to find
someone if runtime test for mmotm tree is absolutely necessary.

* modification for dump_seek()

I couldn't find any right .c file at which dump_seek() be placed. We
need to create a new .c file into which we put auxiliary functions to
generate/manipulate coredumps.

There is another problem regarding name space. The name dump_seek() is
too short. If we move dump_seek() to some .c file, we need to rename
it according to the corresponding object file format, such as
elf_core_dump_seek() or aout_dump_seek(); or coredump_dump_seek(), as
currently dump_seek() is shared among dumping processes in multiple
object formats.

Should I submit these suggestions as a patch set of version 3?

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