Re: [PATCH v2] arm64: Fix task tracing

From: Christopher Covington
Date: Mon Apr 15 2013 - 09:09:31 EST

Hi Catalin,

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
>>>> value.

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
> stack.

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
the latter.


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