The Linux kernel uses -fpatchable-function-entry to implement DYNAMIC_FTRACE_WITH_REGS
for arm64 and parisc. GCC 8 implemented
-fpatchable-function-entry, which can be seen as a generalized form of
-mnop-mcount. The N,M form (function entry points before the Mth NOP) is
currently only used by parisc.
This patch adds N,0 support to AArch64 codegen. N is represented as the
function attribute "patchable-function-entry". We will use a different
function attribute for M, if we decide to implement it.
The patch reuses the existing patchable-function pass, and
TargetOpcode::PATCHABLE_FUNCTION_ENTER which is currently used by XRay.
When the integrated assembler is used, __patchable_function_entries will
be created for each text section with the SHF_LINK_ORDER flag to prevent
--gc-sections (https://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=93197) and
COMDAT (https://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=93195) issues.
"patchable-function-entry"'s interaction with Branch Target
Identification is still unclear (see
https://gcc.gnu.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=92424 for GCC discussions).