Subject: Re: /dev/ksyms
To: Wolfgang Solfrank <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Todd Vierling <email@example.com>
Date: 01/25/1999 09:29:13
On Mon, 25 Jan 1999, Wolfgang Solfrank wrote:
: > : Is /dev/ksyms the best place for this? Why not /kern/ksyns?
: > Probably so that you can get at ksyms without having to have kernfs. :)
: I knew that someone was going to say this. But can anyone tell me what's
: so bad about kernfs? Especially if we are now going to bloat the kernel
: with a linker anyway...
Well, I never said that kernfs was Bad; I just said that there are people
who are likely to want symbol table access without adding kernfs.
: And while being here, what's good
: about having the linker in the kernel?
Using LKMs without having /usr available; building LKMs as
position-independent code ("shared objects" in the kernel). Two uses I can
What a /dev/ksyms woud be useful for, of course, is the ability to find
kernel symbols when the kernel file is not available, and to find kernel
symbols located inside LKMs.
-- Todd Vierling (Personal firstname.lastname@example.org; Bus. email@example.com)