[PATCH] arm: Set hardirq tracing to on when idling

Arnd Bergmann arnd at arndb.de
Tue May 27 12:39:22 PDT 2014

On Tuesday 27 May 2014 12:33:38 Stephen Boyd wrote:
> On 05/27/14 12:27, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> > On Tuesday 27 May 2014 11:53:59 Stephen Boyd wrote:
> >> On 05/27/14 11:49, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> >>> You also commented in that thread about stop_critical_timings()/
> >>> start_critical_timings(). Corey, can you look at that, too? I
> >>> think it's designed to avoid the issue you are seeing but
> >>> for some reason doesn't.
> >> I sent a patch last week to "solve" this problem. I'm not sure if it's
> >> right but it works for me.
> >>
> >> https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/5/19/607
> > I think that one was also wrong, as the intention of the existing
> > stop_critical_timings() function is already to do the same that
> > Corey's patch does, i.e. stop the trace before we go to idle as
> > if we were turning IRQs on.
> stop_critical_timings() is called in the generic idle loop. It looks
> like stop_critical_timings() just isn't written correctly. All it does
> is turn off the tracer, but it doesn't prevent future calls to
> spinlocks, etc. from causing the tracer to turn on again between calls
> to stop/start_critical_timings(). It seems better to prevent any more
> tracing from happening between a call to stop_critical_timings() and
> start_critical_timings() so we don't have to litter calls to that
> function throughout the idle path.

But are there any such calls in the idle function? I understand what
you are doing in your patch, but I don't see why you have to actually
do it.


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