Re: [PATCH] treewide: remove current_text_addr

From: Nicholas Piggin
Date: Mon Aug 27 2018 - 03:43:59 EST

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On Sun, 26 Aug 2018 13:25:14 -0700
Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Sun, Aug 26, 2018 at 12:32 PM H. Peter Anvin <hpa@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > Here is a full-blown (user space) test program demonstrating the whole
> > technique and how to use it.
> So while I agree that some _THIS_IP_ users might be better off being
> converted to __builtin_return_address(0) at the caller, I also think
> that the whole "notailcall" thing shows why that can easily be more
> problematic than just our currnet _THIS_IP_ solution.
> Honestly, I'd suggest:
> - just do the current_text_addr() to _THIS_IP_ conversion
> - keep _THIS_IP_ and make it be the generic one, and screw the whole
> "some architectures might implement is better" issue. Nobody cares.
> - try to convince people to move away from the "we want the kernel
> instruction pointer for the call" model entirely, and consider this a
> "legacy" issue.
> The whole instruction pointer is a nasty thing. We should discourage
> it and not make complex infrastructure for it.
> Instead, maybe we could encourage something like
> struct kernel_loc { const char *file; const char *fn; int line; };
> #define __GEN_LOC__(n) \
> ({ static const struct kernel_loc n = { \
> __FILE__, __FUNCTION__, __LINE__ \
> }; &n; })
> #define _THIS_LOC_ __GEN_LOC__(__UNIQUE_ID(loc))
> which is a hell of a lot nicer to use, and actually allows gcc to
> optimize things (try it: if you pass a _THIS_LOC_ off to an inline
> function, and that inline function uses the name and line number, gcc
> will pick them up directly, without the extra structure dereference.
> Wouldn't it be much nicer to pass these kinds of "location pointer"
> around, rather than the nasty _THIS_IP_ thing?

Seems nice. Do you even need this unique ID thing? AFAIKS the name
would never really be useful.

It could perhaps go into a cold data section too, I assume the common
case is that you do not access it. Although gcc will end up putting
the file and function names into regular rodata.

Possibly we could add a printk specifier for it, pass it through to
existing BUG, etc macros that want exactly this, etc. Makes a lot of