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SubjectRe: [Patch 1/4] Allow arch-specific cleanup before breakpoint unregistration
On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 06:39:19AM -0500, Millton Miller wrote:
> On Tue, 25 May 2010 at 14:43:56 +0530, K.Prasad wrote:
> > Certain architectures (such as PowerPC Book III S) have a need to cleanup
> > data-structures before the breakpoint is unregistered. This patch introduces
> > an arch-specific hook in release_bp_slot() along with a weak definition in
> > the form of a stub funciton.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: K.Prasad <prasad@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> > ---
> > kernel/hw_breakpoint.c | 12 ++++++++++++
> > 1 file changed, 12 insertions(+)
>
>
> My understanding is weak function definitions must appear in a different C
> file than their call sites to work on some toolchains.
>

Atleast, there are quite a few precedents inside the Linux kernel for
__weak functions being invoked from the file in which they are defined
(arch_hwblk_init, arch_enable_nonboot_cpus_begin and hw_perf_disable to
name a few).
Moreover the online GCC docs haven't any such constraints mentioned.

> Andrew, can you confirm the above statement?
>
> > Index: linux-2.6.ppc64_test/kernel/hw_breakpoint.c
> > ===================================================================
> > --- linux-2.6.ppc64_test.orig/kernel/hw_breakpoint.c
> > +++ linux-2.6.ppc64_test/kernel/hw_breakpoint.c
> > @@ -242,6 +242,17 @@ toggle_bp_slot(struct perf_event *bp, bo
> > }
> >
> > /*
> > + * Function to perform processor-specific cleanup during unregistration
> > + */
> > +__weak void arch_unregister_hw_breakpoint(struct perf_event *bp)
> > +{
> > + /*
> > + * A weak stub function here for those archs that don't define
> > + * it inside arch/.../kernel/hw_breakpoint.c
> > + */
> > +}
> > +
> > +/*
> > * Contraints to check before allowing this new breakpoint counter:
> > *
> > * == Non-pinned counter == (Considered as pinned for now)
> > @@ -339,6 +350,7 @@ void release_bp_slot(struct perf_event *
> > {
> > mutex_lock(&nr_bp_mutex);
> >
> > + arch_unregister_hw_breakpoint(bp);
> > __release_bp_slot(bp);
> >
> > mutex_unlock(&nr_bp_mutex);
> >
>
>
> Since the weak version is empty, should it just be delcared (in
> a header, put the comment there) and not defined?
>

The initial thinking behind defining it in the .c file was, for one,
the function need not be moved (from .h to .c) when other architectures
have a need to populate them. Secondly, given that powerpc (which has a
'strong' definition for arch_unregister_hw_breakpoint()) includes the
header file (in which this can be moved to) I wasn't sure about
possible conflicts.

> milton
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Thanks,
K.Prasad



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