Re: [PATCH 2/7] x86, smp: Adjust native_wbinvd forsmp_call_function-helpers

From: Borislav Petkov
Date: Thu Jan 21 2010 - 13:36:52 EST

On Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 10:07:51AM -0800, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> On 01/21/2010 08:41 AM, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> > From: Borislav Petkov <borislav.petkov@xxxxxxx>
> >
> > Add a wbinvd_on_cpu() helper and fold the void * arg in the wbinvd macro
> > definition so that native_wbinvd can be used in the smp_call_function_*
> > helpers as a pointed-to function.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Borislav Petkov <borislav.petkov@xxxxxxx>
> This patch is a lot of extra uglification just to avoid a simple jump
> stub -- and even then only with PV enabled -- for an operation which is
> then going to perform an IPI and WBINVD. That doesn't exactly seem like
> the right tradeoff.
> As such, I'm going to request that you just put a simple stub function
> in lib/smp.c rather than this whole patchset (well, the smp.h bit
> obviously needs to stay.)

..and I was wrapping the wrong way: wbinvd() was going to hide the void
* function argument while a simple stub in lib/smp.c could wrap around
wbinvd() which is much more cleaner. Thanks.

Will redo the patchset tomorrow.


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