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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 06/10] modpost: Add modinfo flag to livepatch modules
Hi Joe,

On Sat, Aug 17, 2019 at 4:01 AM Joe Lawrence <> wrote:
> On 8/16/19 8:43 AM, Joe Lawrence wrote:
> > On 8/16/19 4:19 AM, Miroslav Benes wrote:
> >> Hi,
> >>
> >>> I cleaned up the build system, and pushed it based on my
> >>> kbuild tree.
> >>>
> >>> Please see:
> >>>
> >>> git://
> >>> klp-cleanup
> >>
> >> This indeed looks much simpler and cleaner (as far as I can judge with my
> >> limited kbuild knowledge). We just need to remove MODULE_INFO(livepatch,
> >> "Y") from lib/livepatch/test_klp_convert_mod_a.c to make it compile and
> >> work (test_klp_convert_mod_a is not a livepatch module, it is just a dummy
> >> module which is then livepatched by lib/livepatch/test_klp_convert1.c).
> >>
> >
> > Yeah, Masahiro this is great, thanks for reworking this!
> >
> > I did tweak one module like Miroslav mentioned and I think a few of the
> > newly generated files need to be cleaned up as part of "make clean", but
> > all said, this is a nice improvement.
> >
> Well actually, now I see this comment in the top-level Makefile:
> # Cleaning is done on three levels.
> # make clean Delete most generated files
> # Leave enough to build external modules
> # make mrproper Delete the current configuration, and all generated
> files
> # make distclean Remove editor backup files, patch leftover files and
> the like
> I didn't realize that we're supposed to be able to still build external
> modules after "make clean". If that's the case, then one might want to
> build an external klp-module after doing that.

Yes. 'make clean' must keep all the build artifacts
needed for building external modules.

> With that in mind, shouldn't Symbols.list to persist until mrproper?
> And I think modules-livepatch could go away during clean, what do you think?
> -- Joe

Symbols.list should be kept by the time mrproper is run.
So, please add it to MRROPER_FILES instead of CLEAN_FILES.

modules.livepatch is a temporary file, so you can add it to

How is this feature supposed to work for external modules?

klp-convert receives:
"symbols from vmlinux" + "symbols from no-klp in-tree modules"
+ "symbols from no-klp external modules" ??

BTW, 'Symbols.list' sounds like a file to list out symbols
for generic purposes, but in fact, the
file format is very specific for the klp-convert tool.
Perhaps, is it better to rename it so it infers
this is for livepatching? What do you think?

Best Regards
Masahiro Yamada

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