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SubjectRe: [PATCH -tip v8 11/13] x86/unwind: Recover kretprobe trampoline entry
On Tue, 6 Jul 2021 09:55:03 +0200
Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:

> > But I'm not so sure how ftrace treat it. It seems that the return_to_handler()
> > doesn't care such case. (anyway, return_to_handler() does not return but jump
> > to the original call-site, in that case, the information will be lost.)
> I find it bothersome (OCD, sorry :-) that both return trampolines behave
> differently. Doubly so because I know people (Steve in particular) have
> been talking about unifying them.

They were developed separately, and designed differently with different
goals in mind. Yes, I want to unify them, but trying to get the
different goals together, compounded by the fact that almost every arch
also implemented them differently (in which case, we need to find a way
to do it one arch at a time), makes the process extremely frustrating.

> Steve, can you clarify the ftrace side here? Afaict return_to_handler()
> is similarly affected.

I'm not exactly sure what the issue is. As Masami stated, kretprobe
uses a ret to return to the calling function, but ftrace uses a jmp.

kretprobe return tracing is more complex than the function graph return
tracing is (which is one of the issues I need to overcome to unify
them), and when the function graph return trampoline was created, it
did things as simple as possible (and before ORC existed).

Is this something to worry about now, or should we look to fix his in
the unifying process?

-- Steve

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