Cross-compiling Linux kernel

Fedin Pavel
Tue Jun 18 12:49:00 GMT 2013


 While waiting for the Big Thing to finish compiling, another crazy idea visited my damaged brain. ;-) I wonder if it has some practical value...

> That's not quite correct.  The problem is not utilizing the native NT
> functions to create a process image, the problem is that the Win32
> libraries like advapi32, msvcrt, etc, which are directly or indirectly
> loaded into a Cygwin process, are not capable to deal with a process
> clone situation.

 So, in another words, we can clone everything except several known libraries. What if we use this fact ?
 Since we can create process image manually, what if we clone everything except these libraries ? Then we do a thing similar to what we do now, we start the program from the beginning but tell it to follow "short path", attach missing libraries and jump to our fork().
 Potential advantages:
 1. clone'able DLLs (i assume that all Cygwin DLLs are cloneable) are guaranteed to get the same addresses.
 2. (1) creates smaller number of variants for Windows native libraries, so we have smaller chances to get different addresses for them.

 Even more, what stops us from completely manual process image layout ? This way we could guarantee the same addresses for all libraries.

Kind regards,
Pavel Fedin
Expert Engineer
Samsung Electronics Research center Russia

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