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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/2] Provide in-kernel headers for making it easy to extend the kernel
On Fri, Mar 01, 2019 at 04:03:09PM +0900, Masami Hiramatsu wrote:
> Hi Joel,
>
> On Thu, 28 Feb 2019 22:26:11 -0500
> Joel Fernandes <joel@joelfernandes.org> wrote:
>
> > On Fri, Mar 01, 2019 at 11:28:26AM +0900, Masami Hiramatsu wrote:
[..]
> > There are many usecases for this, I have often run into issues with Linux
> > over the years not only with Android, but other distros, where I boot custom
> > kernels with no linux-headers package. This is quite painful. It is
> > convenient to have it as /proc file since the file is dependent on kernel
> > being booted up and this will work across all Linux distros and systems. I
> > feel that if you can keep an open mind about it, you will see that a lot of
> > people will use this feature if it is accepted and there is a lot of positive
> > feedback in earlier posts of this set.
>
> I don't complain about having headers for custom boot kernel. I agree with you
> that having kernel headers for debugging is always good. :)
> So google recommends built-in, it is reasonable.

Ok, thanks :)

> > > > > > The code to read the headers is based on /proc/config.gz code and uses
> > > > > > the same technique to embed the headers.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > To build a module, the below steps have been tested on an x86 machine:
> > > > > > modprobe kheaders
> > > > > > rm -rf $HOME/headers
> > > > > > mkdir -p $HOME/headers
> > > > > > tar -xvf /proc/kheaders.tar.xz -C $HOME/headers >/dev/null
> > > > > > cd my-kernel-module
> > > > > > make -C $HOME/headers M=$(pwd) modules
> > > > > > rmmod kheaders
> > > > >
> > > > > It seems a bit complex, but no difference from compared with carrying
> > > > > kheaders.tar.gz. I think we would better have a psudo filesystem
> > > > > which can mount this compressed header file directly :) Then it becomes
> > > > > simpler, like
> > > > >
> > > > > modprobe headerfs
> > > > > mkdir $HOME/headers
> > > > > mount -t headerfs $HOME/headers
> > > > >
> > > > > And this doesn't consume any disk-space.
> > > >
> > > > I felt using a compressed tar is really the easiest way because of all the
> > > > tools are already available.
> > >
> > > As I asked above, if the pure tarball is useful, you can simply ask vendors
> > > to put the header tarball on their vendor directory. I feel making it as
> > > a module is not a right way.
> >
> > I don't see what is the drawback of making it a module, it makes it well
> > integrated into kernel build and ecosystem. I also didn't see any
> > justification you're providing about why it cannot be a module. If you go
> > through this and earlier threads, a lot of people are Ok with having a module
> > option. And I asked several top kernel maintainers at LPC and many people
> > suggested having it as a module.
>
> I meant, if we have a tarball, we don't need any operation of loading/unloading
> kmodules. But if we have this as built-in, yes, this would be much easier to
> deploy it to device.
>
> Anyway, having that option (make it as a module) is not bad. IMHO, that may
> be more complicated than just have a tarball file, but it is a user's choice.
>
> OK, now I understand it.

Sounds good. :) Just sent out v4.

thanks,

- Joel

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