[PATCH] kprobes: Mark OPTPROBES n/a for powerpc
Ananth N Mavinakayanahalli
ananth at in.ibm.com
Thu Jul 16 20:56:39 AEST 2015
Kprobes uses a breakpoint instruction to trap into execution flow
and the probed instruction is single-stepped from an alternate location.
On some architectures like x86, under certain conditions, the OPTPROBES
feature enables replacing the probed instruction with a jump instead,
resulting in a significant perfomance boost (one single-step exception
is bypassed for each kprobe).
Powerpc has an in-kernel instruction emulator. Kprobes on powerpc uses
this emulator already and bypasses the single-step exception, with a
lot less complexity.
Hence, mark OPTPROBES n/a for powerpc.
Signed-off-by: Ananth N Mavinakayanahalli <ananth at in.ibm.com>
.../features/debug/optprobes/arch-support.txt | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
diff --git a/Documentation/features/debug/optprobes/arch-support.txt b/Documentation/features/debug/optprobes/arch-support.txt
index b8999d8..0a3ca33 100644
@@ -27,7 +27,7 @@
| nios2: | TODO |
| openrisc: | TODO |
| parisc: | TODO |
- | powerpc: | TODO |
+ | powerpc: | n/a |
| s390: | TODO |
| score: | TODO |
| sh: | TODO |
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