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SubjectRe: [patch 2/2] x86 NMI-safe INT3 and Page Fault
* Avi Kivity ( wrote:
> On 07/16/2010 09:05 PM, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
>>> Module loading can certainly take a vmalloc_sync_all() (though I agree
>>> it's unpleasant). Anything else?
>>> Note perf is not modular at this time, but could be made so with
>>> preempt/sched notifiers to hook the context switch.
>> Actually, module loading is already a performance problem; a lot of
>> distros load sometimes hundreds of modules on startup, and it's heavily
>> serialized, so I can see this being desirable to skip.
> There aren't that many processes at this time (or there shouldn't be,
> don't know how fork-happy udev is at this stage), so the sync should be
> pretty fast. In any case, we can sync only modules that contain NMI
> handlers.

USB hotplug is a use-case happening randomly after the system is well there and
running; I'm afraid this does not fit in your module loading expectations. It
triggers tons of events, many of these actually load modules.



>> I really hope noone ever gets the idea of touching user space from an
>> NMI handler, though, and expecting it to work...
> I think the concern here is about an NMI handler's code running in
> vmalloc space, or is it something else?
> --
> I have a truly marvellous patch that fixes the bug which this
> signature is too narrow to contain.

Mathieu Desnoyers
Operating System Efficiency R&D Consultant
EfficiOS Inc.

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