[PATCH v3 1/2] powerpc: Emulation support for load/store instructions on LE

Ravi Bangoria ravi.bangoria at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Tue Feb 14 22:35:57 AEDT 2017

Thanks Michael,

On Tuesday 14 February 2017 03:50 PM, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> Ravi Bangoria <ravi.bangoria at linux.vnet.ibm.com> writes:
>> emulate_step() uses a number of underlying kernel functions that were
>> initially not enabled for LE. This has been rectified since.
> When exactly? ie. which commit.

I found couple of commits:

6506b4718b ("powerpc: Fix Unaligned Loads and Stores")
dbc2fbd7c2 ("powerpc: Fix Unaligned LE Floating Point Loads and Stores")

There may be more.

Patch2 is to test emulate_step() for basic load/store instructions and it
seems to be working fine on LE.

> Should we backport this? ie. is it actually a bug people are hitting in
> the real world much?

Yes, we should backport this. kernel-space hw-breakpoint feature is broken
on LE without this. This is on ppc64le:

  $ sudo cat /proc/kallsyms  | grep pid_max
    c00000000116998c D pid_max

  $ sudo ./perf record -a --event=mem:0xc00000000116998c sleep 10

Before patch:
  It does not record any data and throws below warning.

  $ dmesg
    [  817.895573] Unable to handle hardware breakpoint. Breakpoint at 0xc00000000116998c will be disabled.
    [  817.895581] ------------[ cut here ]------------
    [  817.895588] WARNING: CPU: 24 PID: 2032 at arch/powerpc/kernel/hw_breakpoint.c:277 hw_breakpoint_handler+0x124/0x230

After patch:
  It records data properly.

  $ sudo ./perf report --stdio
    # Samples: 36  of event 'mem:0xc00000000116998c'
    # Event count (approx.): 36
    # Overhead  Command        Shared Object     Symbol     
    # ........  .............  ................  .............
        63.89%  kdumpctl       [kernel.vmlinux]  [k] alloc_pid
        27.78%  opal_errd      [kernel.vmlinux]  [k] alloc_pid
         5.56%  kworker/u97:4  [kernel.vmlinux]  [k] alloc_pid
         2.78%  systemd        [kernel.vmlinux]  [k] alloc_pid

> cheers

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