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SubjectRe: [PATCH bpf-next] selftests/bpf: Switch test_vmlinux to use hrtimer_range_start_ns.
On Tue, Jun 30, 2020 at 1:37 PM Yonghong Song <yhs@fb.com> wrote:
>
> On 6/30/20 11:49 AM, Hao Luo wrote:
> > The test_vmlinux test uses hrtimer_nanosleep as hook to test tracing
> > programs. But it seems Clang may have done an aggressive optimization,
> > causing fentry and kprobe to not hook on this function properly on a
> > Clang build kernel.
>
> Could you explain why it does not on clang built kernel? How did you
> build the kernel? Did you use [thin]lto?
>
> hrtimer_nanosleep is a global function who is called in several
> different files. I am curious how clang optimization can make
> function disappear, or make its function signature change, or
> rename the function?
>

Yonghong,

We didn't enable LTO. It also puzzled me. But I can confirm those
fentry/kprobe test failures via many different experiments I've done.
After talking to my colleague on kernel compiling tools (Bill, cc'ed),
we suspected this could be because of clang's aggressive inlining. We
also noticed that all the callsites of hrtimer_nanosleep() are tail
calls.

For a better explanation, I can reach out to the people who are more
familiar to clang in the compiler team to see if they have any
insights. This may not be of high priority for them though.

Hao

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