[RFC PATCH 03/33] Add nosegneg capability to the vsyscall page notes

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Add the "nosegneg" fake capabilty to the vsyscall page notes. This is
used by the runtime linker to select a glibc version which then
disables negative-offset accesses to the thread-local segment via
%gs. These accesses require emulation in Xen (because segments are
truncated to protect the hypervisor address space) and avoiding them
provides a measurable performance boost.

Signed-off-by: Ian Pratt <[email protected]>
Signed-off-by: Christian Limpach <[email protected]>
Signed-off-by: Chris Wright <[email protected]>
 arch/i386/kernel/vsyscall-note.S |   29 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 1 files changed, 29 insertions(+)

diff -r b93c0dae6c49 arch/i386/kernel/vsyscall-note.S
--- a/arch/i386/kernel/vsyscall-note.S	Tue Mar 21 18:55:01 2006 +0000
+++ b/arch/i386/kernel/vsyscall-note.S	Tue Mar 21 19:15:43 2006 +0000
@@ -3,6 +3,7 @@
  * Here we can supply some information useful to userland.
+#include <linux/config.h>
 #include <linux/uts.h>
 #include <linux/version.h>
@@ -23,3 +24,31 @@ 3:	.balign 4;		/* pad out section */			 
 	ASM_ELF_NOTE_BEGIN(".note.kernel-version", "a", UTS_SYSNAME, 0)
+#ifdef CONFIG_XEN
+ * Add a special note telling glibc's dynamic linker a fake hardware
+ * flavor that it will use to choose the search path for libraries in the
+ * same way it uses real hardware capabilities like "mmx".
+ * We supply "nosegneg" as the fake capability, to indicate that we
+ * do not like negative offsets in instructions using segment overrides,
+ * since we implement those inefficiently.  This makes it possible to
+ * install libraries optimized to avoid those access patterns in someplace
+ * like /lib/i686/tls/nosegneg.  Note that an /etc/ld.so.conf.d/file
+ * corresponding to the bits here is needed to make ldconfig work right.
+ * It should contain:
+ *	hwcap 0 nosegneg
+ * to match the mapping of bit to name that we give here.
+ */
+#define NOTE_KERNELCAP_BEGIN(ncaps, mask) \
+	ASM_ELF_NOTE_BEGIN(".note.kernelcap", "a", "GNU", 2) \
+	.long ncaps, mask
+#define NOTE_KERNELCAP(bit, name) \
+	.byte bit; .asciz name
+NOTE_KERNELCAP(1, "nosegneg")

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