[Gc] Allocating Executable Memory

Andrew Haley aph at redhat.com
Sat Jul 24 01:50:38 PDT 2010

On 07/23/2010 07:39 PM, Ivan Maidanski wrote:
> Hello!
> I like the idea.
> I don't mind adding this feature in this release (probably Hans wouldn't neither since the added coded is small and easily verifiable).
> The API should be:
> - GC_set_pages_executable(int) // non-zero means executable
> - GC_get_pages_executable() // returns non-zero if it is allowed to execute code in allocated memory 
> NO_EXECUTE_PERMISSION controls the initial value only.
> If you'd like to add it, I expect you'll provide the patch against the current CVS.
> Fri, 23 Jul 2010 13:28:17 -0400 Noah Lavine <noah.b.lavine at gmail.com>:
>> Hello GC Developers,
>> I am writing with a feature request for the next version of your library.
>> I am working on adding JIT compilation support to GNU Guile (a Scheme
>> implementation), which uses this library for garbage collection. In
>> order to make GC work, we'll need to allocate executable memory.

I think you'll find this problematic in practice, at least on
GNU/Linux.  Some distributions forbid the allocation of memory that is
mapped writeable and executable, and I think the number of such
distributions will increase over time.  On such systems Java is marked
with a special file attribute, and that attribute is writeable only by

The way around this is supposed to be to map pages twice, with
writeable and executable permissions.


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