[PATCH 1/2] x86_64: Reflect the relocatability of the kernel in the ELF header.

Eric W. Biederman ebiederm at xmission.com
Tue May 1 00:20:53 EDT 2007

Vivek Goyal <vgoyal at in.ibm.com> writes:

> On Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 05:17:07PM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
>> On Monday 30 April 2007 17:12:39 Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> > 
>> > Currently because vmlinux does not reflect that the kernel is relocatable
>> > we still have to support CONFIG_PHYSICAL_START.  So this patch adds a small
>> > c program to do what we cannot do with a linker script set the elf header
>> > type to ET_DYN.
>> > 
>> > Since last time I have fixed the type to be in my code ET_DYN (oops),
>> > and verified this works with kexec.  I realized while testing that we
>> > don't have anyway of identifying a kernel vmlinux as linux so we
>> > probably want to add an ELF note but that will be another patch.
>> The patch is ok for me, but does it pass Vivek's usual testing?
> I am facing one issue with this patch. gdb can not analyze the
> resulting kernel core file. Looks like gdb treats vmlinux differently if
> ELF header type is "ET_DYN". It reads the symbol values incorrectly.


> For example, symbol value of "panic_timeout" is 0xffffffff808a1fa8 but
> gdb somehow things that it is 0xffffffff008aaebf. Looks like it is
> performing some relocation.
> I am using GNU gdb Red Hat Linux (6.5-5.fc6rh).

Does it take a kernel core file to reproduce this problem?
Or can you just open up gdb on a vmlinux and look at the symbol

At least without a core file it is working on with gdb 6.4.


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