[PATCH 1/2] powerpc64/ftrace: Add a field in paca to disable ftrace in unsafe code paths

Naveen N. Rao naveen.n.rao at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Tue Mar 20 05:53:17 AEDT 2018

Nicholas Piggin wrote:
> On Mon, 19 Mar 2018 14:43:00 +0530
> "Naveen N. Rao" <naveen.n.rao at linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
>> We have some C code that we call into from real mode where we cannot
>> take any exceptions. Though the C functions themselves are mostly safe,
>> if these functions are traced, there is a possibility that we may take
>> an exception. For instance, in certain conditions, the ftrace code uses
>> WARN(), which uses a 'trap' to do its job.
>> For such scenarios, introduce a new field in paca 'ftrace_disabled',
>> which is checked on ftrace entry before continuing. This field can then
>> be set to a non-zero value to disable/pause ftrace, and reset to zero to
>> resume ftrace.
>> Since KVM is the only user for this currently, we guard the
>> ftrace/mcount checks within CONFIG_KVM. This can later be removed
>> if/when there are other users.
> Why not test HSTATE_IN_GUEST then? Add ftrace_disabled if non-KVM users
> come along.

That's indeed simpler -- thanks for the suggestion!

- Naveen

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