[PATCH 04/22] kbuild: lto: fix recordmcount
samitolvanen at google.com
Thu Jun 25 12:15:03 EDT 2020
On Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 09:45:30AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 02:45:30PM -0700, Sami Tolvanen wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 11:27:37PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > On Wed, Jun 24, 2020 at 01:31:42PM -0700, Sami Tolvanen wrote:
> > > > With LTO, LLVM bitcode won't be compiled into native code until
> > > > modpost_link. This change postpones calls to recordmcount until after
> > > > this step.
> > > >
> > > > In order to exclude specific functions from inspection, we add a new
> > > > code section .text..nomcount, which we tell recordmcount to ignore, and
> > > > a __nomcount attribute for moving functions to this section.
> > >
> > > I'm confused, you only add this to functions in ftrace itself, which is
> > > compiled with:
> > >
> > > KBUILD_CFLAGS = $(subst $(CC_FLAGS_FTRACE),,$(ORIG_CFLAGS))
> > >
> > > and so should not have mcount/fentry sites anyway. So what's the point
> > > of ignoring them further?
> > >
> > > This Changelog does not explain.
> > Normally, recordmcount ignores each ftrace.o file, but since we are
> > running it on vmlinux.o, we need another way to stop it from looking
> > at references to mcount/fentry that are not calls. Here's a comment
> > from recordmcount.c:
> > /*
> > * The file kernel/trace/ftrace.o references the mcount
> > * function but does not call it. Since ftrace.o should
> > * not be traced anyway, we just skip it.
> > */
> > But I agree, the commit message could use more defails. Also +Steven
> > for thoughts about this approach.
> Ah, is thi because recordmcount isn't smart enough to know the
> difference between "CALL $mcount" and any other RELA that has mcount?
> At least for x86_64 I can do a really quick take for a recordmcount pass
> in objtool, but I suppose you also need this for ARM64 ?
Sure, sounds good. arm64 uses -fpatchable-function-entry with clang, so we
don't need recordmcount there.
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