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SubjectRe: [PATCH] perf, x86: Optimize intel_pmu_pebs_fixup_ip()
On Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 08:09:53AM +0100, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 22, 2013 at 10:12 PM, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> >>
> >> Careful! There is one magic piece of state that you need to
> >> save-and-restore if you do this, namely %cr2. Taking a page fault
> >> always writes to %cr2, and we must *not* corrupt it in the NMI
> >> handler.
> >
> > It looks like this is already dealt with (a similar thing is done for
> > i386).
> Oh, ok then, we should be good to go. I wonder why we needed that
> special "_nmi()" version, then..

Ah, the whole fault from nmi trickery from Steve is from after we did
the copy_from_user_nmi() thing. We're only just catching up :-)

> Please do check that NMI increment the irq-counts etc.. Otherwise
> you'll need to add the explicit "pagefault_disable/enable()" pair
> around the __copy_from_user_inatomic()..

Yeah, we add NMI_OFFSET to preempt_count on nmi_enter.

I'll also make sure to test we actually hit the fault path
by concurrently running something like:

while :; echo 1 > /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches ; done

while doing perf top or so..

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