Re: [RFC 1/2] powerpc/32: Unset MSR RI in exception epilogs

From: christophe leroy
Date: Tue Dec 13 2016 - 15:40:16 EST

Le 13/12/2016 à 20:15, Segher Boessenkool a écrit :
On Tue, Dec 13, 2016 at 07:19:41PM +0100, Christophe Leroy wrote:
At exception prologs, once SRR0 and SRR1 have been saved, MSR RI is
set to mark the interrupt as recoverable.

MSR RI has to be unset before writing into SRR0 and SRR1 at exception

Why? What goes wrong without this? Etc.

The following patch implements perf instruction counting using the 8xx debug counters. When the counter reaches 0, it fires a debug exception.
If that exception happens between the setting of srr0/srr1 and the rfi, values set to srr0/srr1 are lost and we end up with an Oops.

To avoid that, MSR RI has to be unset. That way, because the debug counters mode is set to masked mode in register LCTRL2, no debug interrupt will happen during that critical phase.


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