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Re: Prelink for mips (Re: MIPS broken in 2.3)

To: Jakub Jelinek <>
Subject: Re: Prelink for mips (Re: MIPS broken in 2.3)
From: "H . J . Lu" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jan 2002 18:29:55 -0800
Cc: GNU libc hacker <>,,
In-reply-to: <>; from on Mon, Jan 07, 2002 at 01:16:04PM -0800
References: <u8ellzsg3q.fsf@gromit.moeb> <> <> <> <> <> <>
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On Mon, Jan 07, 2002 at 01:16:04PM -0800, H . J . Lu wrote:
> > I know, but from what I understood, quickstart e.g. just assumes there won't
> > be conflicts and if there are, their handling is very costly (their
> > conflicts are just symbol indices which need to be checked out).
> > prelink conflicts are ElfW(Rela) relocs against r_symndx 0.
> > 
> > To port prelink to a new architecture, you need basically:
> > 1) determine what you need to do with relocations and special CPU sections
> >    when relocating a shared library from one address to another one
> >    (e.g. you can link a shared libs once at VMA 0, once at VMA 0xdeadb000
> >    and see what changed) - these are *_adjust_* functions
> > 2) write routines which apply relocs (*_prelink_rel*)
> > 3) write routines which create conflict relocs
> > 4) as MIPS is rel, it needs to be figured out when it is needed to convert
> >    from Rel to Rela (in i386/arm case in most cases it can be avoided,
> >    the only relocs which require it are (on i386): R_386_32 with nonzero
> >    addend (otherwise R_386_GLOB_DAT does exactly the same thing) and
> >    R_386_PC32). This is needed, because otherwise the information about the
> >    original addend is lost when the final relocated value is stored at
> >    r_offset address. Original addend is needed, if prelink cannot be used,
> >    during dynamic linking. If MIPS has some place where it stashes this
> >    for Quickstart, then it could be reused, otherwise I'm afraid REL->RELA 
> > will
> >    happen more often on MIPS than on IA-32/ARM.
> > 5) write routines which apply relocs to a buffer or apply a conflict
> >    to a buffer (these are used when doing comparisons on relocated content)
> > 
> As I unsterstand, MIPS only has R_MIPS_REL32 for GOT in DSO and EXE. Do you
> have any suggestions? 

The relocates R_MIPS_REL32 using GOT which is relocated first by
a special rule. There is no relocation information for GOT. Also there
is no symbol lookup for relocating R_MIPS_REL32. I am not sure how
it will work with the current prelink.


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