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

libin huawei.libin at huawei.com
Sun Nov 29 18:03:26 PST 2015

on 2015/11/28 23:58, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Sat, 28 Nov 2015 15:50:09 +0800
> Li Bin <huawei.libin at huawei.com> 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.
> Is this really true? I thought that arm (and then perhaps arm64) has
> some 2 byte instructions. If that's the case it is very well possible
> that a 4 byte instruction can cross cache lines.

When system in aarch32 state, it will use A32 or T32 instrucion set, and
T32 (thumb) have 16-bit instructions. But arm64 that in aarch64 state only
using A64 instruction set, which is a clean and fixed length instruction
set that instuctions are always 32 bits wide. Right?

Li Bin

> -- Steve
>> Cc: <stable at vger.kernel.org> # 3.18+
>> Signed-off-by: Li Bin <huawei.libin at huawei.com>
>> ---
>>  arch/arm64/kernel/ftrace.c |    5 +++++
>>  1 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> .

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