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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 00/16] tracing: probeevent: Improve fetcharg features
On Tue, 08 May 2018 15:41:11 +0530
"Naveen N. Rao" <naveen.n.rao@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:

> Masami Hiramatsu wrote:
> > On Mon, 07 May 2018 13:41:53 +0530
> > "Naveen N. Rao" <naveen.n.rao@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> I didn't understand that. Which code are you planning to remove? Can you
> >> >> please elaborate? I thought we still need to disable preemption in the
> >> >> ftrace handler.
> >> >
> >> > Yes, kprobe_ftrace_handler itself must be run under preempt disabled
> >> > because it depends on a per-cpu variable. What I will remove is the
> >> > redundant preempt disable/enable_noresched (unbalanced) pair in the
> >> > kprobe_ftrace_handler, and jprobe x86 ports which is no more used.
> >>
> >> Won't that break out-of-tree users depending on returning a non-zero
> >> value to handle preemption differently? You seem to have alluded to it
> >> earlier in the mail chain above where you said that this is not just for
> >> jprobes (though it was added for jprobes as the main use case).
> >
> > No, all users are in tree already (function override for bpf and error-injection).
>
> Ok, so BPF error injection is a new user that can return a non-zero
> value from the pre handler. It looks like it can use KPROBES_ON_FTRACE
> too.
>
> In that case, on function entry, we call into kprobe_ftrace_handler()
> which will call fei_kprobe_handler(), which can re-enable premption
> before returning 1. So, if you remove the additional
> prempt_disable()/enable_no_resched() in kprobe_ftrace_handler(), then it
> will become imbalanced, right?

Right. So we have to fix both at once. Please check the patch below.

https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/10386171/

(Sorry, I missed to cc you...)

>
> > And also, for changing execution path by using kprobes, user handler must call
> > not only preempt_enable(), but also clear current_kprobe per-cpu variable which
> > is not exported to kmodules.
>
> Ok, good point. And that means we don't have any external users any
> more.

Yes :)

Thank you,

>
> Thanks,
> Naveen
>
>


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Masami Hiramatsu <mhiramat@kernel.org>

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