[Qemu-devel] Change of TEXT_OFFSET for multi_v7_defconfig

Russell King - ARM Linux linux at arm.linux.org.uk
Tue Apr 22 11:12:52 PDT 2014

On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 11:53:25AM -0600, Jason Gunthorpe wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 22, 2014 at 06:11:42PM +0100, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > Put another way, if your platform is part of the multi-platform kernel
> > then you are *excluded* from being able to use this... unless you hack
> > the Kconfig, and then also provide a constant value for PHYS_OFFSET,
> > thereby _tying_ the kernel you built to a _single_ platform.
> That is exactly right. To get a fixed LMA you must commit to a
> non-relocatable kernel image.
> Realistically this patch would need to be accompanied by something
> that makes ARM_PATCH_PHYS_VIRT optional for multiplatform based on
> EXPERT or similar.
> The best usecase seems to be to support ELF tooling for low level
> debugging activities, a non-relocatable image isn't a blocker for that
> case.

Let's not forget that if you want to debug, it's because you've hit a
problem in the kernel you're running.  To get an ELF image you can debug,
you have to turn ARM_PATCH_PHYS_VIRT off, which changes the generated
code - which can in itself cause bugs to hide themselves.

Unfortunately, those kinds of bugs are not as rare as you might think.

> Since the patch is a no-op if LOAD_OFFSET isn't set, is there a
> downside I don't see?

It leads people into thinking that we support booting an ELF file.
We don't.

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