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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 03/27] arm64: alternative: Apply alternatives early in boot process
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On 18/09/18 00:44, Daniel Thompson wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 12, 2018 at 05:49:09PM +0100, Julien Thierry wrote:
>>>> + __apply_alternatives(&region, false, boot_capabilities);
>>>> +}
>>>> +
>>>> #ifdef CONFIG_MODULES
>>>> void apply_alternatives_module(void *start, size_t length)
>>>> {
>>>
>>>> diff --git a/arch/arm64/kernel/cpufeature.c b/arch/arm64/kernel/cpufeature.c
>>>> index 3bc1c8b..0d1e41e 100644
>>>> --- a/arch/arm64/kernel/cpufeature.c
>>>> +++ b/arch/arm64/kernel/cpufeature.c
>>>> @@ -52,6 +52,8 @@
>>>> DECLARE_BITMAP(cpu_hwcaps, ARM64_NCAPS);
>>>> EXPORT_SYMBOL(cpu_hwcaps);
>>>> +unsigned long boot_capabilities;
>>>> +
>>>> /*
>>>> * Flag to indicate if we have computed the system wide
>>>> * capabilities based on the boot time active CPUs. This
>>>> @@ -1375,6 +1377,9 @@ static void __update_cpu_capabilities(const struct arm64_cpu_capabilities *caps,
>>>> if (!cpus_have_cap(caps->capability) && caps->desc)
>>>> pr_info("%s %s\n", info, caps->desc);
>>>> cpus_set_cap(caps->capability);
>>>
>>> Hmm, the bitmap behind cpus_set_cap() is what cpus_have_cap() in
>>> __apply_alternatives() looks at. If you had a call to __apply_alternatives after
>>> update_cpu_capabilities(SCOPE_BOOT_CPU), but before any others, it would only
>>> apply those alternatives...
>>>
>>> (I don't think there is a problem re-applying the same alternative, but I
>>> haven't checked).
>>>
>>
>> Interesting idea. If someone can confirm that patching alternatives twice is
>> safe, I think it would make things simpler.
>
> Early versions of this patch applied the alternatives twice. I never
> noticed any problems with double patching (second time round it will
> write out code that is identical to what is already there so it is
> merely inefficient rather than unsafe.
>

When you say early version, do you mean the first ones you did? Because
the one I picked up (v4 I believe) had a feature mask to select which
ones to apply early and then which ones to exclude when applying the
rest of the features.

But I admit I have not looked at the previous versions.

Cheers,

--
Julien Thierry

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