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SubjectRe: [PATCH] connector: Some fixes for ia64 unaligned access errors
On Sat, 9 Dec 2006 15:09:13 -0600, Erik Jacobson <> wrote:

> > Please try to declare u64 timestamp_ns, then copy it into the *ev
> > instead of copying whole *ev. This ought to fix the problem if
> > buffer[] ends aligned to 32 bits or better.
> So I took this suggestion for a spin and met with the same result.
> The unaligned access messages are still produced.

I see. And I see you went a few steps forward with dignosing it:

> dbg fork after timespec_to_ns call, b4 memcpy
> kernel unaligned access to 0xe000003076b6fbe4, ip=0xa0000001004f1480
> dbg fork after memcpy, b4 other ev settings...

> a0000001004f1470 <proc_fork_connector+0x1f0> [MMI] ld8 r40=[r14]
> a0000001004f1476 <proc_fork_connector+0x1f6> ld8 r38=[r38]
> a0000001004f147c <proc_fork_connector+0x1fc> nop.i 0x0;;
> a0000001004f1480 <proc_fork_connector+0x200> [MIB] st8 [r39]=r40
> a0000001004f1486 <proc_fork_connector+0x206> nop.i 0x0
> a0000001004f148c <proc_fork_connector+0x20c> b0=a0000001000a36c0 <printk>;;

It seems rather strange that memcpy gets optimized this way. I could
not have foreseen it. Still, it was worth a try, even if putting 32
extra bytes on stack and running memcpy on them does not seem too
onerous, for a fork(). Thanks for doing it, and let's go with your
original patch then... if Matt Helsley does not mind.

Thank you,
-- Pete

P.S. This syntax seems to cry for being expressed in diff -u:

> ktime_get_ts(&ts); /* get high res monotonic timestamp */
> //ev->timestamp_ns = timespec_to_ns(&ts); removed
> printk("dbg fork before timestamp_to_ns call\n");
> timestamp_ns = timespec_to_ns(&ts); //added
> printk("dbg fork after timespec_to_ns call, b4 memcpy\n");
> memcpy(&ev->timestamp_ns, &timestamp_ns, sizeof(ev->timestamp_ns)); //added
> printk("dbg fork after memcpy, b4 other ev settings...\n");

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