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SubjectRe: [patch 12/12] Tracepoints - Immediate Values
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On Thu, 2009-09-24 at 11:03 -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> * Peter Zijlstra (peterz@infradead.org) wrote:
> > On Thu, 2009-09-24 at 09:26 -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > > plain text document attachment (tracepoints-immediate-values.patch)
> > > Use immediate values in tracepoints.
> >
> > I might have missed it, but did both the Intel and AMD cpu folks clear
> > the SMP code rewrite bits?
> >
>
> SMP handling is performed with stop_machine() in this patchset. Nothing
> fancy here.
>
> I've got other patches, not included in this patchset, which implements
> nmi-safe code modification, based on a scheme using breakpoints and
> IPIs, inspired from djprobes. That one might be worth clearing with
> intel/amd devs before merging.
>
> However, doing code patching within stop_machine() is pretty safe, given
> all other CPUs are busy-looping with interrupts off while this happens.
> Ftrace already does this.

Agreed, I missed this relied on stopmachine. No problem then.

It would be good to reduce reliance on stopmachine, so it would be good
to get some CPU folks looking at your alternative implementation.

Thanks!



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