Re: [PATCH v2] arm64: Fix task tracing
From: Christopher Covington
Date: Mon Apr 15 2013 - 09:09:31 EST
On 04/15/2013 07:43 AM, Catalin Marinas wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 11:58:40AM +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 11:45:42AM +0100, Will Deacon wrote:
>>> On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 11:11:59AM +0100, Catalin Marinas wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Apr 09, 2013 at 01:33:34PM +0100, Christopher Covington wrote:
>>>>> For accurate accounting pass contextidr_thread_switch the prev
>>>>> task pointer, since cpu_switch_to has at that point changed the
>>>>> the stack pointer.
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Christopher Covington <cov@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>>> arch/arm64/kernel/process.c | 2 +-
>>>>> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>>>> diff --git a/arch/arm64/kernel/process.c b/arch/arm64/kernel/process.c
>>>>> index 0337cdb..a49b25a 100644
>>>>> --- a/arch/arm64/kernel/process.c
>>>>> +++ b/arch/arm64/kernel/process.c
>>>>> @@ -315,7 +315,7 @@ struct task_struct *__switch_to(struct task_struct *prev,
>>>>> /* the actual thread switch */
>>>>> last = cpu_switch_to(prev, next);
>>>>> - contextidr_thread_switch(next);
>>>>> + contextidr_thread_switch(prev);
>>>> The original code was indeed wrong but using prev isn't any better. For
>>>> a newly created thread, prev is probably 0 (if it's in a register,
>>>> cpu_context has been zeroed by copy_thread()) or some random stack
I have to I disagree with the statement that using prev isn't _any_ better.
Even if there are unhandled cases, from my observations, using prev is
_measurably_ better. On the other hand, I agree that 100% accuracy is essential.
>>> Really? If prev is NULL in context_switch(...), the scheduler will implode,
>>> and I can't see where else switch_to is called from.
>>> Which code path are you thinking of?
>> copy_thread() zeros cpu_context which is used by cpu_switch_to() to load
>> the next saved registers. The switch_to() function sets prev to last as
>> returned by __switch_to(), so this is valid but in __switch_to() we
>> don't have a valid prev (nor next) after cpu_switch_to() for newly
>> created threads.
> Correction - newly created threads return to ret_from_fork rather than
> __switch_to(), which means that we miss the first
> contextidr_thread_switch() call for a new thread. I would vote for
> Christopher's original patch moving the call before cpu_switch_to(). The
> alternative is to define finish_arch_switch() and add the call there. If
> you are primarily tracing user space, it doesn't really matter whether
> the stack was switched or not when we set the contextidr. For kernel
> tracking, it could be a problem as we have the next task with the old
> stack. But the same could be said about the prev task with the new
I'm fine with using either of my previous patches (or are there still cases
where the second one is suspected to be wrong?) or rolling a new one using
finish_arch_switch(). Let me know if you all would prefer for me to start on
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