Re: [PATCH v3 6/8] x86: Split syscall_trace_enter into two phases

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Tue Jul 29 2014 - 13:34:12 EST

On 07/29, Andy Lutomirski wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 9:54 AM, Oleg Nesterov <oleg@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > Yes, just to trigger the slow path, I guess.
> >
> >> I'll update the code to call user_exit iff TIF_NOHZ is
> >> set.
> >
> > Or perhaps it would be better to not add another user of this (strange) flag
> > and just call user_exit() unconditionally(). But, yes, you need to use
> > from "work = flags & (_TIF_WORK_SYSCALL_ENTRY & ~TIF_NOHZ)" then.\
> user_exit looks slow enough to me that a branch to try to avoid it may
> be worthwhile. I bet that explicitly checking the flag is
> actually both faster and clearer.

I don't think so (unless I am confused again), note that user_exit() uses
jump label. But this doesn't matter. I meant that we should avoid TIF_NOHZ
if possible because I think it should die somehow (currently I do not know
how ;). And because it is ugly to check the same condition twice:

if (work & TIF_NOHZ) {
// user_exit()
if (context_tracking_is_enabled())

TIF_NOHZ is set if and only if context_tracking_is_enabled() is true.
So I think that

work = current_thread_info()->flags & (_TIF_WORK_SYSCALL_ENTRY & ~TIF_NOHZ);


looks a bit better. But I won't argue.

> That's what I did for v4.

I am going to read it today. Not that I think I can help or find something


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