[PATCH] powerpc: Fix __flush_icache_range on 44x

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Wed Aug 19 17:29:44 EST 2009

On Mon, 2009-08-17 at 09:41 -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
> process.
> 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>

I've put it in -test for now, but I'd like you to respin when you get a
chance with:

 - removing the icbi loop in the 440 case
 - adding a nice fat comment explaining why next to the iccci
instruction itself so we don't be tempted to remove it.


> ---
> 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
> +#endif
>  	sync				/* additional sync needed on g4 */
>  	isync
>  	blr

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