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SubjectRe: [PATCH 10/10] powerpc: select DYNAMIC_DEBUG_RELATIVE_POINTERS for PPC64
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On 23/04/2019 21.36, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Apr 2019 17:37:33 +0200 Christophe Leroy <christophe.leroy@c-s.fr> wrote:
>
>>> --- a/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
>>> +++ b/arch/powerpc/Kconfig
>>> @@ -155,6 +155,7 @@ config PPC
>>> select BUILDTIME_EXTABLE_SORT
>>> select CLONE_BACKWARDS
>>> select DCACHE_WORD_ACCESS if PPC64 && CPU_LITTLE_ENDIAN
>>> + select DYNAMIC_DEBUG_RELATIVE_POINTERS if PPC64
>>
>> Why only PPC64 ? Won't it work with PPC32 ? Or would it be
>> counter-performant on 32 bits ?
>
> Ditto arm and i386?
>

It's pointless on 32-bit platforms - I'm replacing absolute const char*
pointers with a relative s32 offset from the _ddebug descriptor, so if
sizeof(void*)==4 there's no gain.

And yes, the current implementation also wouldn't work out-of-the-box
for 32-bit platforms, since the asm needs to know how to properly
initialize a whole struct _ddebug, which (often) contains a static_key,
which in turn contains a pointer member, which both affects its size as
well as its placement inside _ddebug. The C code in dynamic_debug.c
would likely Just Work, but there's no point in complicating the asm
part for no gain, so there are static_assert()s in place to ensure
BITS_PER_LONG==64 (as well as checking the various offsetof()s etc.).

[I don't think performance matters at all, it's one extra addition to
access these fields, and that is only done in the rare cases where
someone interacts with the dynamic_debug/control sysfs file, and when
one of the activated pr_debug()s is actually hit (so a few extra
instructions drown in the printk overhead).]

I do now see that PPC64 does not select GENERIC_BUG_RELATIVE_POINTERS,
so maybe this scheme simply doesn't work on PPC64, or nobody has done
the work to reduce the sizeof(struct bug_entry) on PPC64? As I said,
I've only compile-tested arm64 and ppc64.

Rasmus

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