[PATCH] drivers: cpuidle: Disable preemption before get_lppaca function call in pseries_idle_probe function

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at kernel.crashing.org
Fri Jul 21 07:21:53 AEST 2017

On Thu, 2017-07-20 at 14:57 -0300, Victor Aoqui wrote:
> When CONFIG_PREEMPT=y, the following warning shows up:
> BUG: using smp_processor_id() in preemptible [00000000] code: swapper/0/1
> caller is pseries_processor_idle_init+0x58/0x21c
> This warning shows up because preemption cannot occur when using
> get_paca(), otherwise the paca_struct it points to may be the wrong one
> just after.
> For this reason, preemption needs to be disabled before
> lppaca_shared_proc(get_lppaca()).

Also chekc the generated assembly. We had all sort of interesting
issues where gcc would copy the paca pointer or the lppaca pointer
to a GPR *outside* of the preempt disabled section...

In that specific case it's not a big deal but overall, I am not
comfortable with PREEMPT on powerpc until we do something a bit
more drastic...

I would like to remove all such direct accesses to paca, instead have a
"new" get_paca() written in asm that does the preempt disable then
returns the PACA in a GPR (not directly use r13, hide that from gcc),
and which is paired with a put_paca().

The few places where we want to directly access r13 should be hand
written in asm too to hide r13 from gcc, for accessing the irq_happened
in the fast path of local_irq_enable/disable/... we should do the same
with lock tokens.


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