[PATCH] powerpc: Fix __flush_icache_range on 44x

Josh Boyer jwboyer at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Tue Aug 18 02:07:13 EST 2009

On Mon, Aug 17, 2009 at 09:41:36AM -0400, Josh Boyer wrote:
>The ptrace POKETEXT interface allows a process to modify the text pages of
>a child process being ptraced, usually to insert breakpoints via trap
>instructions.  The kernel eventually calls copy_to_user_page, which in turn
>calls __flush_icache_range to invalidate the icache lines for the child
>However, this function does not work on 44x due to the icache being virtually
>indexed.  This was noticed by a breakpoint being triggered after it had been
>cleared by ltrace on a 440EPx board.  The convenient solution is to do a
>flash invalidate of the icache in the __flush_icache_range function.
>Signed-off-by: Josh Boyer <jwboyer at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
>diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/misc_32.S b/arch/powerpc/kernel/misc_32.S
>index 15f28e0..c9805a4 100644
>--- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/misc_32.S
>+++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/misc_32.S
> 2:	icbi	0,r6
> 	addi	r6,r6,L1_CACHE_BYTES
> 	bdnz	2b
>+#ifdef CONFIG_44x
>+	iccci	r0, r0

Olof pointed out that we could probably do the iccci before the icbi loop and
just skip that loop entirely on 44x.  This is most certainly valid, but at
this particular moment I don't have time to try and reproduce the issue with
an alternative fix and I wanted to get _something_ out there to fix the issue.  

I suck for that, I know.


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