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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] tracing/function-return-tracer: don't trace kfree while it frees the return stack

    On Sun, 23 Nov 2008, Ingo Molnar wrote:
    > >
    > > diff --git a/kernel/trace/ftrace.c b/kernel/trace/ftrace.c
    > > index 90d99fb..ffff7ec 100644
    > > --- a/kernel/trace/ftrace.c
    > > +++ b/kernel/trace/ftrace.c
    > > @@ -1628,8 +1628,9 @@ void ftrace_retfunc_init_task(struct task_struct *t)
    > >
    > > void ftrace_retfunc_exit_task(struct task_struct *t)
    > > {
    > > - kfree(t->ret_stack);
    > > + struct ftrace_ret_stack *ret_stack = t->ret_stack;
    > > t->ret_stack = NULL;
    > > + kfree(ret_stack);
    >
    > heh, nice one :)
    >
    > note that we also need to keep gcc from reordering things here (no
    > matter how unlikely in this particular case).

    I first thought that too, but thinking about it, if gcc does do that, then
    it will break the logic for a correct C program.

    t is passed in as a pointer, then it modifies the contents of t (which
    could be a global pointer), then it calls a external function, that might
    also reference the global pointer.

    This means that if it were to reorder the two, it would break C, because
    the compiler can not assume that the called function will read the global
    pointer either.

    In other words, the compiler should not need to worry about SMP or
    modifications done by interrupts or other threads. But the compiler should
    always preserve the order that is assumed by a single context.

    -- Steve


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