[PATCH 2/2] asm-generic: add memfd_create system call to unistd.h

Russell King - ARM Linux linux at arm.linux.org.uk
Mon Aug 18 10:40:10 PDT 2014

On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 01:15:40PM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 15, 2014 at 02:55:20PM +0100, Will Deacon wrote:
> > What I meant was, if I wire it into asm-generic/unistd.h then it will return
> > -ENOEXEC for architectures using that file (e.g. arm64).
> > 
> > Patch below, but I don't think it's very useful.
> > 
> Hi Will,
> I have not even defined a syscall number for other arches. IIUC, this
> patch will forcibly introduce a syscall number for the new syscall for
> arches which use asm-generic/unistd.h.
> So question I have is that why should we do it now. One can do it once
> somebody enables kexec_file_load() on arm64.
> Right now I see that kexec_file_load() gets compiled if CONFIG_KEXEC=y. So
> even on arm64 it must be getting compiled in. But it is not being hooked
> up using system call table. So there should not be any way to invoke
> syscalll definition. So my understand is that in current form, one can
> not invoke kexec_file_load() on arm64. Is that right.
> Now I have put one more patch to make compilation of kexec_file_load()
> conditional on config option CONFIG_KEXEC_FILE. And this option can
> be enabled only on x86_64. That means kexec_file_load() will not even
> be compiled in on arm64 (once the patch gets merged). Right now patch
> is sitting in andrew's tree.
> http://ozlabs.org/~akpm/mmotm/broken-out/kexec-create-a-new-config-option-config_kexec_file-for-new-syscall.patch
> Can you please help me understand that why do we need this patch if at
> this point of time we are not even fixing a system call number for
> kexec_file_load() for arches except x86_64.

>From what I read, the only arch which supports this call is x86_64, and
it requires arch code make work.  So simply wiring up the syscall is not

What is probably worth doing is reserving the syscall number _if_ it's
going to be useful on architectures - by that, I mean inserting the
syscall number with a comment in the unistd.h file, rather than
defining a constant.

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