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[Xen-devel] Re: [patch 13/26] Xen-paravirt_ops: Consistently wrap paravirt ops callsites to make them patchable

On Sun, 2007-03-18 at 13:08 +0100, 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.

Well, we'd patch the inline over the call if we have room.

Magic patching would be neat, but the downsides are that (1) we can't
expand the patching room and (2) there's no way of attaching clobber
info to the call site (doing register liveness analysis is not

Now, this may not be fatal.  5 bytes is enough for all the native ops to
be patched inline.   For lguest this covers popf and pushf, but not cli
and sti (10 bytes): they'd have to be calls.

As for clobber info, it turns out that almost all of the calls can
clobber %eax, which is probably enough.  We just need to mark the
handful of asm ones where this isn't true.


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