[PATCH] arm64: ftrace: stop using kstop_machine to enable/disable tracing

Will Deacon will.deacon at arm.com
Wed Dec 2 05:16:59 PST 2015

On Wed, Dec 02, 2015 at 12:36:54PM +0000, Will Deacon wrote:
> On Sat, Nov 28, 2015 at 03:50:09PM +0800, Li Bin wrote:
> > On arm64, kstop_machine which is hugely disruptive to a running
> > system is not needed to convert nops to ftrace calls or back,
> > because that modifed code is a single 32bit instructions which
> > is impossible to cross cache (or page) boundaries, and the used str
> > instruction is single-copy atomic.
> This commit message is misleading, since the single-copy atomicity
> guarantees don't apply to the instruction-side. Instead, the architecture
> calls out a handful of safe instructions in "Concurrent modification and
> execution of instructions".
> Now, those safe instructions *do* include NOP, B and BL, so that should
> be sufficient for ftrace provided that we don't patch condition codes
> (and I don't think we do).

Thinking about this some more, you also need to fix the validate=1 case
in ftrace_modify_code so that it can run outside of stop_machine. We
currently rely on that to deal with concurrent modifications (e.g.
module unloading).


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