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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kprobes: Enable tracing for mololithic kernel images
Hi Jarkko,

On Wed, 8 Jun 2022 08:25:38 +0300
Jarkko Sakkinen <jarkko@kernel.org> wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 08, 2022 at 10:35:42AM +0800, Guo Ren wrote:
> > .
> >
> > On Wed, Jun 8, 2022 at 8:02 AM Jarkko Sakkinen <jarkko@profian.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > Tracing with kprobes while running a monolithic kernel is currently
> > > impossible because CONFIG_KPROBES is dependent of CONFIG_MODULES. This
> > > dependency is a result of kprobes code using the module allocator for the
> > > trampoline code.
> > >
> > > Detaching kprobes from modules helps to squeeze down the user space,
> > > e.g. when developing new core kernel features, while still having all
> > > the nice tracing capabilities.
> > >
> > > For kernel/ and arch/*, move module_alloc() and module_memfree() to
> > > module_alloc.c, and compile as part of vmlinux when either CONFIG_MODULES
> > > or CONFIG_KPROBES is enabled. In addition, flag kernel module specific
> > > code with CONFIG_MODULES.
> > >
> > > As the result, kprobes can be used with a monolithic kernel.
> > It's strange when MODULES is n, but vmlinux still obtains module_alloc.
> >
> > Maybe we need a kprobe_alloc, right?
>
> Perhaps not the best name but at least it documents the fact that
> they use the same allocator.
>
> Few years ago I carved up something "half-way there" for kprobes,
> and I used the name text_alloc() [*].
>
> [*] https://lore.kernel.org/all/20200724050553.1724168-1-jarkko.sakkinen@linux.intel.com/

Yeah, I remember that. Thank you for updating your patch!
I think the idea (split module_alloc() from CONFIG_MODULE) is good to me.
If module support maintainers think this name is not good, you may be
able to rename it as text_alloc() and make the module_alloc() as a
wrapper of it.

Acked-by: Masami Hiramatsu (Google) <mhiramat@kernel.org>
for kprobe side.

Thank you,

--
Masami Hiramatsu (Google) <mhiramat@kernel.org>

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