Re: [RFC][ PATCH -tip v2 0/7] kprobes: Kprobes jump optimization support

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Tue Jun 23 2009 - 08:09:36 EST

Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> The gcc's crossjumping unifies equivalent code by inserting indirect
> jumps which jump into other function body. It is hard to know to where
> these jumps jump, so I decided to disable it when setting

That sounds quite bad. Tail call optimization is an important optimization
that especially on kernel style code (lots of indirect pointers
and sometimes deep call chains) is very useful. It would be quite
sad if production kernels would lose that optimization.

Also tail calls in C should always jump directly to another function,
so they shouldn't be particularly complex to manage.

> I also decided not to optimize probes when it is in functions which
> will cause exceptions, because the exception in the kernel will jump
> to a fixup code and the fixup code jumps back to the middle of the
> same function body.

Note that not only exceptions do that, there are a few other cases
where jumps in and out of out of line sections happen. You might
need a more general mechanism to detect this.


ak@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx -- Speaking for myself only.
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