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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] tracepoints: Do not use call_rcu_sched() before early_initcall()
On Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:41:05 -0500
Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org> wrote:

> From: "Steven Rostedt (Red Hat)" <rostedt@goodmis.org>
>
> In order to move enabling of trace events to just after mm_init(), the
> tracepoint enable code can not use call_rcu_sched() because rcu isn't
> even initialized yet. Since this can only happen before SMP is set up
> (and even before interrupts are set up), there's no reason to use
> call_rcu_sched() at this point.
>
> Instead, create a variable called tracepoint_rcu_safe that gets enabled
> via early_initcall() and if that is not set, free the code directly
> instead of using call_rcu_sched().
>
> This allows us to enable tracepoints early without issues.
>
> Cc: Mathieu Desnoyers <mathieu.desnoyers@efficios.com>
> Cc: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
> Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>
> ---
> kernel/tracepoint.c | 27 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
> 1 file changed, 26 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>
> diff --git a/kernel/tracepoint.c b/kernel/tracepoint.c
> index 3490407dc7b7..9b90ef0ac731 100644
> --- a/kernel/tracepoint.c
> +++ b/kernel/tracepoint.c
> @@ -33,6 +33,15 @@ extern struct tracepoint * const __stop___tracepoints_ptrs[];
> /* Set to 1 to enable tracepoint debug output */
> static const int tracepoint_debug;
>
> +/*
> + * traceoint_rcu_is_safe is set to true at early_initcall().
> + * Tracepoints can be enabled before rcu is initialized.
> + * When that happens, there's no reason to free via call_rcu()
> + * because the system isn't even in SMP mode yet, and rcu isn't
> + * initialized. Just directly free the old tracepoints instead.
> + */
> +static bool tracepoint_rcu_is_safe;

Hmm, I probably should make this read_mostly.

Although, it's not a hot path. Still, it gets set once at boot up and
never touched again. Yeah, that deserves a read_mostly.

-- Steve

> +
> #ifdef CONFIG_MODULES
> /*
> * Tracepoint module list mutex protects the local module list.
> @@ -76,7 +85,16 @@ static inline void release_probes(struct tracepoint_func *old)
> if (old) {
> struct tp_probes *tp_probes = container_of(old,
> struct tp_probes, probes[0]);
> - call_rcu_sched(&tp_probes->rcu, rcu_free_old_probes);
> + /*
> + * Tracepoints can be enabled before RCU is initialized
> + * at boot up. If that is the case, do not bother using
> + * call_rcu() (because that will fail), but instead just
> + * free directly.
> + */
> + if (likely(tracepoint_rcu_is_safe))
> + call_rcu_sched(&tp_probes->rcu, rcu_free_old_probes);
> + else
> + rcu_free_old_probes(&tp_probes->rcu);
> }
> }
>
> @@ -518,3 +536,10 @@ void syscall_unregfunc(void)
> }
> }
> #endif
> +
> +static __init int init_tracepoint_rcu(void)
> +{
> + tracepoint_rcu_is_safe = true;
> + return 0;
> +}
> +early_initcall(init_tracepoint_rcu);



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