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SubjectRe: [PATCH 17/22] x86/fpu: Prepare copy_fpstate_to_sigframe() for TIF_NEED_FPU_LOAD
On 2019-01-30 13:53:51 [+0100], Borislav Petkov wrote:
> > I've been asked to add comment above the sequence so it is understood. I
> > think the general approach is easy to follow once the concept is
> > understood. I don't mind renaming the TIF_ thingy once again (it
> > happend once or twice and I think the current one was suggested by Andy
> > unless I mixed things up).
> > The problem I have with the above is that
> >
> > if (test_thread_flag(TIF_NEED_FPU_LOAD))
> > do_that()
> >
> > becomes
> > if (!test_thread_flag(TIF_FPU_REGS_VALID))
> > do_that()
>
> Err, above it becomes
>
> if (test_thread_flag(TIF_FPU_REGS_VALID))
> copy_fpregs_to_fpstate(fpu);

The (your) above example yes. But the reverse state
if (test_thread_flag(TIF_NEED_FPU_LOAD))
do_that()

becomes
if (!test_thread_flag(TIF_FPU_REGS_VALID))
do_that()

> without the "!". I.e., CPU's FPU regs are valid and we need to save them.
>
> Or am I misreading the comment above?

Your example is correct. But in the opposite case, when ! was not there
then we have to add it.

> > and you could argue again the other way around. So do we want NEED_LOAD
> > or NEED_SAVE flag which is another way of saying REGS_VALID?
>
> All fine and dandy except NEED_FPU_LOAD is ambiguous to me: we need to
> load them where? Into the CPU? Or into the FPU state save area?

if you need to LOAD then task-saved-area into CPU-state. If you need to
save it then CPU-state into task-saved-area.

> TIF_FPU_REGS_VALID is clearer in the sense that the CPU's FPU registers
> are currently valid for the current task. As there are no other FPU
> registers except the CPU's.

hmmm. I think it is just taste / habit.

> > More importantly the logic is changed when the bit is set and this
> > requires more thinking than just doing sed on the patch series.
>
> Sure.
>
> And I'll get accustomed to the logic whatever the name is - this is just
> a "wouldn't it be better" thing.

If it would be just a name thing then I probably wouldn't mind. But
swapping the logic might break things so I try to avoid that.

> Thx.
>

Sebastian

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