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SubjectRe: [PATCH] parisc: prefer _THIS_IP_ and _RET_IP_ statement expressions
On 03.08.2018 22:33, Nick Desaulniers wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 12:09 PM John David Anglin <> wrote:
>> On 2018-08-03 2:11 PM, Nick Desaulniers wrote:
>>> But the kernel uses the generic_THIS_IP_ *everywhere*, not parisc's
>>> custom current_text_addr(). So if this did actually break unwinding,
>>> you should have noticed by now.
>> The unwind problem was noticed.
> So parisc is currently broken (doesn't unwind) due to the pervasive
> use of _THIS_IP_ (generic C) throughout the kernel?

I tested it on the 32bit kernel.
The answer is: No. Unwinding works (with and without your patch).

> If no, that implies this patch (generic C) causes no unwinding problems.


> If yes, that implies that the diff I posted later in this thread
> (inline assembly) is preferable, and that parisc has bigger problems
> (and probably needs to do rewrite the unwinding code to handle these
> extra labels everywhere).
>> Patches were recently applied to gcc and binutils to try and fix it.
>> The gcc patch moved
>> branch tables to rodata so that the label at the head of the table
>> wasn't in text.
>> When I saw your suggested change, I realized there was another source of
>> text labels
>> that need linker relocations.
> Thank you for the links.
> On Fri, Aug 3, 2018 at 10:57 AM John David Anglin <> wrote:
>> The label breaks the unwind data, not the unwind code. So, localizing
>> the use of
>> current_text_addr() to the parisc unwind code doesn't help.
> Have you confirmed that applying my patch breaks *the ability to
> unwind correctly*?

I tested your patch (on 32bit).
Your patch does not break anything.

> It looks like return_address() is used in
> ftrace_return_address(), so I assume you can boot a kernel with my
> patch applied, and CONFIG_FTRACE=y, then run:
> $ sudo trace-cmd record -p function date
> $ trace-cmd report | grep date- | less
> and see if the stacks aren't unwound or look messed up.

I faced issues with trace-cmd, but calling ftracing functions manually worked.

So, your patch is basically OK and doesn't break anything.
But I agree with Dave that Andrew, that THIS_IP is ugly.


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