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Re: [PATCH] [RFC] making uapi/linux/elfcore.h useful again

* Arnd Bergmann <> wrote:

> After finding a bug in glibc the question came up how linux/elfcore.h
> is supposed to be used from user space. As far as I can tell, it's
> not possible, as it references data types that are simply unavailable
> there.
> The #ifndef __KERNEL__ section in that header dates back to when the
> file was introduced in linux-1.3.5, and presumably was meant to
> provide the structures for the libc sys/procfs.h implementation.
> However, this was never portable to architectures other than x86-32,
> and has been broken on that architecture at a later point.
> These are the steps that I needed to make it possible to include the
> header file, e.g. for libc self-testing in order to make sure the
> structures are compatible with its own:
> - drop the #ifndef __KERNEL__ section that are obviously useless
>   and get in the way
> - change the pid_t references to __kernel_pid_t
> - Move required data from the private x86 asm/elf.h file into
>   a new uapi/asm/elf.h. Some other architectures already do that,
>   but most of them do not. Before applying the patch, we have
>   to do this for all architectures
> - Change ELF_NGREG to an integer literal constant instead of
>   a sizeof operation based on a private type.
> Cc: Joseph Myers <>
> Cc: David Howells <>
> Cc:
> Link:
> Signed-off-by: Arnd Bergmann <>
> ---
>  arch/x86/include/asm/elf.h         | 24 +-----------------------
>  arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/elf.h    | 30 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>  arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/signal.h |  2 +-
>  include/uapi/linux/elf.h           |  1 +
>  include/uapi/linux/elfcore.h       | 26 +++++---------------------
>  5 files changed, 38 insertions(+), 45 deletions(-)
>  create mode 100644 arch/x86/include/uapi/asm/elf.h

Acked-by: Ingo Molnar <>

I suspect this wants to go through -mm, or do you want to carry it?



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