[PATCH 3/3] powerpc/ftrace: simplify prepare_ftrace_return

Anton Blanchard anton at samba.org
Tue Oct 28 15:55:49 AEDT 2014

Hi Segher,

> On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 12:33:07PM +1000, Anton Blanchard wrote:
> > We are scratching our heads trying to remember details of the issue
> > right now. In retrospect we should have linked the gcc bugzilla or
> > gcc commit details in the kernel commit message :)
> There have been many GCC bugs in this area.
> 30282 (for 32-bit)
> 44199 (for 64-bit)
> 52828 (for everything, and this one should finally handle things for
> good) Also a bunch of duplicates, and I'm sure I've missed some more.
> The original issue as far as I remember: when using a frame pointer,
> GCC would sometimes schedule the epilogue to do the stack adjust
> before restoring all regs from the stack.  Then an interrupt comes
> in, those saved regs are clobbered, kaboom.  We cannot disable the
> frame pointer because -pg forces it (although PowerPC does not need
> it).  The -mno-sched-epilog flag is a workaround: the epilogue (and
> prologue) will not be reordered by instruction scheduling.  Slow code
> is better than blowing up fast ;-)

Thanks for explaining it! It does look like the last issue wasn't
fixed until gcc 4.8. We'll drop that patch.


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