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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 6/9] trace_uprobe: Support SDT markers having reference count (semaphore)
On Mon, 7 May 2018 13:51:21 +0530
Ravi Bangoria <ravi.bangoria@linux.ibm.com> wrote:

> Hi Masami,
>
> On 05/04/2018 07:51 PM, Ravi Bangoria wrote:
> >
> >>> +}
> >>> +
> >>> +static void sdt_increment_ref_ctr(struct trace_uprobe *tu)
> >>> +{
> >>> + struct uprobe_map_info *info;
> >>> +
> >>> + uprobe_down_write_dup_mmap();
> >>> + info = uprobe_build_map_info(tu->inode->i_mapping,
> >>> + tu->ref_ctr_offset, false);
> >>> + if (IS_ERR(info))
> >>> + goto out;
> >>> +
> >>> + while (info) {
> >>> + down_write(&info->mm->mmap_sem);
> >>> +
> >>> + if (sdt_find_vma(tu, info->mm, info->vaddr))
> >>> + sdt_update_ref_ctr(info->mm, info->vaddr, 1);
> >> Don't you have to handle the error to map pages here?
> > Correct.. I think, I've to feedback error code to probe_event_{enable|disable}
> > and handler failure there.
>
> I looked at this. Actually, It looks difficult to feedback errors to
> probe_event_{enable|disable}, esp. in the mmap() case.

Hmm, can't you roll that back if sdt_increment_ref_ctr() fails?
If so, how does sdt_decrement_ref_ctr() work in that case?

> Is it fine if we just warn sdt_update_ref_ctr() failures in dmesg? I'm
> doing this in [PATCH 7]. (Though, it makes more sense to do that in
> [PATCH 6], will change it in next version).

Of course we need to warn it at least, but the best is rejecting to
enable it.

>
> Any better ideas?
>
> BTW, same issue exists for normal uprobe. If uprobe_mmap() fails,
> there is no feedback to trace_uprobe and no warnigns in dmesg as
> well !! There was a patch by Naveen to warn such failures in dmesg
> but that didn't go in: https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/9/22/155

Oops, that's a real bug. It seems the ball is in Naveen's hand.
Naveen, could you update it according to Oleg's comment, and resend it?

>
> Also, I'll add a check in sdt_update_ref_ctr() to make sure reference
> counter never goes to negative incase increment fails but decrement
> succeeds. OTOH, if increment succeeds but decrement fails, the
> counter remains >0 but there is no harm as such, except we will
> execute some unnecessary code.

I see. Please carefully clarify whether such case is kernel's bug or not.
I would like to know what the condition causes that uneven behavior.

Thank you,

>
> Thanks,
> Ravi
>


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Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@kernel.org>

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