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Re: [PATCH] x86-64: Implement strcpy family IFUNC selectors in C

On Sun, Jun 11, 2017 at 7:01 AM, Zack Weinberg <> wrote:
> On 06/11/2017 09:50 AM, H.J. Lu wrote:
>> Implement strcpy family IFUNC selectors in C.
>> All internal calls within can use IFUNC on x86-64 since unlike
>> x86, x86-64 doesn't need to reserve a register to make a PLT call.  For
>> libc,a, we can't use IFUNC for functions which are called before IFUNC
>> has been initialized.  Use IFUNC internally reduces the icache footprint
>> since and other codes in the process use the same implementations.
>> The patch uses IFUNC for strcpy family functions within libc.
>> Any comments?
> I like the idea, but I don't understand ifuncs nearly well enough to
> comment on your code.  I recall _strenuous_ objections to this concept
> in the past; please post some performance numbers or something.

I don't believe there is a benchmark where hot spots are within
BTW, if there are such benchmarks, I'd love to know.

The main benefit is to reduce icache footprint at a price of an indirect
branch via PLT.  The main issue to use IFUNC internally in was
for x86, EBX must be used to call via PLT.  This can be expensive since
we need to load EBX with GOT and preserve EBX for PLT call.  On x86-64,
PC-relative address is used for PLT.  We only replace a direct branch with
an indirect branch.


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