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SubjectRe: [PATCH] tracing: Fix printing ptrs in preempt/irq enable/disable events
On Wed, Nov 27, 2019 at 04:44:28PM +0100, Antonio Borneo wrote:
> This tracing event class is the only instance in kernel that logs
> in the trace buffer the instruction pointer as offset to _stext,
> instead of logging the full pointer.
> This looks like a nice optimization for 64 bits platforms, where a
> 32 bit offset can take less space than a full 64 bits pointer. But
> the symbol _stext is incorrectly resolved as zero in the expansion

I didn't get this. If _stext is 0 on any platform, then your patch doesn't
really do anything because the offset will be equal to the ip.

Could you provide an example with real numbers showing the overflow?

> of TP_printk(), which then prints only the hex offset instead of
> the name of the caller function. Plus, on arm arch the kernel
> modules are loaded at address lower than _stext, causing the u32
> offset arithmetics to overflow and wrap at 32 bits.

If we use signed 32-bit, will that solve the module issue?

> I did not identified a 64 bit arch where the modules are loaded at
> offset from _stext that exceed u32 range, but I also did not
> identified any constraint to feel safe with a u32 offset.
>
> Log directly the instruction pointer instead of the offset to
> _stext.

I am not comfortable with this patch at the moment, mainly because it will
increase the size of this rather high frequency event. But I'm not saying
there isn't an issue on 32-bit. Let's discuss more.

thanks,

- Joel


>
> Signed-off-by: Antonio Borneo <antonio.borneo@st.com>
> Fixes: d59158162e03 ("tracing: Add support for preempt and irq enable/disable events")
> ---
> include/trace/events/preemptirq.h | 12 ++++++------
> 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/include/trace/events/preemptirq.h b/include/trace/events/preemptirq.h
> index 95fba0471e5b..d548a6aafa18 100644
> --- a/include/trace/events/preemptirq.h
> +++ b/include/trace/events/preemptirq.h
> @@ -18,18 +18,18 @@ DECLARE_EVENT_CLASS(preemptirq_template,
> TP_ARGS(ip, parent_ip),
>
> TP_STRUCT__entry(
> - __field(u32, caller_offs)
> - __field(u32, parent_offs)
> + __field(unsigned long, caller_ip)
> + __field(unsigned long, parent_ip)
> ),
>
> TP_fast_assign(
> - __entry->caller_offs = (u32)(ip - (unsigned long)_stext);
> - __entry->parent_offs = (u32)(parent_ip - (unsigned long)_stext);
> + __entry->caller_ip = ip;
> + __entry->parent_ip = parent_ip;
> ),
>
> TP_printk("caller=%pS parent=%pS",
> - (void *)((unsigned long)(_stext) + __entry->caller_offs),
> - (void *)((unsigned long)(_stext) + __entry->parent_offs))
> + (void *)__entry->caller_ip,
> + (void *)__entry->parent_ip)
> );
>
> #ifdef CONFIG_TRACE_IRQFLAGS
> --
> 2.24.0
>

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