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SubjectRe: [PATCH -next for tip:x86/pti] x86/tlb: drop unneeded local vars in enable_l1d_flush_for_task()
On Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 05:40:08PM +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 29 2020 at 10:37, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > Here, I fixed it..
>
> Well, no. What Balbir is trying to do here is to establish whether a
> task runs on a !SMT core. sched_smt_active() is system wide, but their
> setup is to have a bunch of SMT enabled cores and cores where SMT is off
> because the sibling is offlined. They affine these processes to non SMT
> cores and the check there validates that before it enabled that flush
> thingy.

Yes, I see that it does that. But it's still complete shit.

> Of course this is best effort voodoo because if all CPUs in the mask are
> offlined then the task is moved to a SMT enabled one where L1D flush is
> useless. Though offlining their workhorse CPUs is probably not the daily
> business for obvious raisins.

Not only hotplug, you can trivially change the affinity after this
check.

Also, that preempt_disable() in there doesn't actually do anything.
Worse, preempt_disable(); for_each_cpu(); is an anti-pattern. It mixes
static_cpu_has() and boot_cpu_has() in the same bloody condition and has
a pointless ret variable.

It's shoddy code, that only works if you align the planets right. We
really shouldn't provide interfaces that are this bad.

It's correct operation is only by accident.

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