[RFC PATCH v2 05/18] sched: add task flag for preempt IRQ tracking

Jiri Kosina jikos at kernel.org
Sat Apr 30 08:11:45 AEST 2016

On Fri, 29 Apr 2016, Andy Lutomirski wrote:

> > NMI, MCE and interrupts aren't a problem because they have dedicated
> > stacks, which are easy to detect.  If the tasks' stack is on an
> > exception stack or an irq stack, we consider it unreliable.
> Only on x86_64.

Well, MCEs are more or less x86-specific as well. But otherwise good 
point, thanks Andy.

So, how does stack layout generally look like in case when NMI is actually 
running on proper kernel stack? I thought it's guaranteed to contain 
pt_regs anyway in all cases. Is that not guaranteed to be the case?


Jiri Kosina

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