[PATCHv2 1/2] arm64: entry: remove pointless SPSR mode check

Mark Rutland mark.rutland at arm.com
Wed Jan 6 08:07:40 PST 2016

In work_pending  we may skip work if the stacked SPSR value represents
anything other than an EL0 context. We then immediately invoke the
kernel_exit 0 macro as part of ret_to_user, assuming a return to EL0.
This is somewhat confusing.

We use work_pending as part of the ret_to_user/ret_fast_syscall state
machine. We only use ret_fast_syscall in the return from an SVC issued
from EL0. We use ret_to_user for return from EL0 exception handlers and
also for return from ret_from_fork in the case the task was not a kernel
thread (i.e. it is a user task).

Thus in all cases the stacked SPSR value must represent an EL0 context,
and the check is redundant. This patch removes it, along with the now
unused no_work_pending label.

Signed-off-by: Mark Rutland <mark.rutland at arm.com>
Acked-by: Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas at arm.com>
Cc: Chris Metcalf <cmetcalf at ezchip.com>
Cc: Will Deacon <will.deacon at arm.com>
 arch/arm64/kernel/entry.S | 4 ----
 1 file changed, 4 deletions(-)

Since v1:
* No changes

diff --git a/arch/arm64/kernel/entry.S b/arch/arm64/kernel/entry.S
index 7ed3d75..6b30ab1 100644
--- a/arch/arm64/kernel/entry.S
+++ b/arch/arm64/kernel/entry.S
@@ -626,10 +626,7 @@ ret_fast_syscall_trace:
 	tbnz	x1, #TIF_NEED_RESCHED, work_resched
-	ldr	x2, [sp, #S_PSTATE]
 	mov	x0, sp				// 'regs'
-	tst	x2, #PSR_MODE_MASK		// user mode regs?
-	b.ne	no_work_pending			// returning to kernel
 	enable_irq				// enable interrupts for do_notify_resume()
 	bl	do_notify_resume
 	b	ret_to_user
@@ -645,7 +642,6 @@ ret_to_user:
 	and	x2, x1, #_TIF_WORK_MASK
 	cbnz	x2, work_pending
 	enable_step_tsk x1, x2
 	kernel_exit 0

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