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

Stephen Boyd sboyd at codeaurora.org
Tue May 27 13:22:40 PDT 2014

On 05/27/14 12:39, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> 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.

Yes in my build it happens immediately after in rcu_enter_idle(). It
would also happen if you had a cpuidle driver that notified the core
that the timers stop during idle (FEAT_C3_STOP). In that case we would
call clockevents_notify() which will call raw_spin_lock_irqsave().

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