GSoC Proposal

Ada Christine <adachristine18@...>

Hello, edk2 developers!

I've registered as a contributor candidate for GSoC 2022 and am interested in working on one of the items from the Tasks list here Specifically, adding dynamic linking support caught my attention as this is something i've been investigating and learning more about in one of my own personal projects. As a little background, my personal project is an experiment in OS development and I use a very small subset of the boot services to get started and loaded. It can be found here: Recently I've started investigating (and begun to implement) using ELF's dynamic facilities to dynamically load kernel modules. I know PE is slightly different to ELF, but the principles seem similar enough.

I've had a few glances at the EDKII source code in the past and have a general idea of how it all fits together. What I have in mind to implement this would be the following:
- create a dynamic linker as a module package to be compiled into the main application
(alternatively, implement dynamic linking as a runtime service driver?)
- adjust the build system to enable building as DLLs and dynamic linking of module packages to the main application
(module packages could be per-application and optionally site packages in a subdirectory of the ESP?)

I know the details of how this would all fit together are a little more involved, but this is just the rough first idea that came to my mind. Happy to hear feedback, and if my idea seems feasible I can get to work on a more in-depth plan to put this together.


- Ada

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