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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] [GIT PULL] tracing: various bug fixes

On Thu, 23 Apr 2009, Jeremy Fitzhardinge wrote:

> Steven Rostedt wrote:
> > Ah, this is a lockdep thing.
> >
> > The raw_local_irq_save/restore in __native_flush_tlb_global does not update
> > hardirqs_enabled.
> >
> > When we call into ftrace, when we cross page bounderies, we disable
> > interrupts using the normal local_irq_save/restore calls.
> >
> > But when we restore, it detects that interrupts are not going to be enabled,
> > and keeps hardirqs_enabled off.
> >
> > The printk solved the issue because it called local_irq_restore, which set
> > the variable back.
> >
> > I guess there's two solutions here. One, we can change the
> > raw_local_irq_enable/disable variants in __native_flush_tlb_global to the
> > non-raw type (it should protect against recursion).
> >
> > or we can try to make the ring buffer use the raw_local_irq variants too. I
> > tried this once before, and it did cause issues.
> >
> > Note, there's a "check_flags" in lockdep, but it is only called on locking,
> > it is not called when we only disable/enable interrupts.
> >
> OK, the good news is that its not a callee-save calling convention problem,
> which is what I feared. But it does sound pretty awkward to fix. Does
> __native_flush_tlb_global() have to use raw_local_irq_save/restore?

No, I just investigated (and booted) without the raw versions (using the
normal disable instead). The hooks just update variables in the task
struct. I see no reason to have use it.

I use to use it with ftrace, but I found that issues are caused if ftrace
called something internal that used local_irq_save.

Perhaps that is the issue. If something uses raw_local_irq_save then calls
flush_tlb_global you might get a problem with the flags again (like we did
here). But the only user of raw_* should be lockdep and irqsoff, and they
should be able to deal with recursion. I don't think there should be any
other user.

-- Steve

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