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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mm, debug_pagealloc: don't rely on static keys too early
On 1/3/20 4:02 AM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Thu, 19 Dec 2019 14:06:12 +0100 Vlastimil Babka <> wrote:
>> Commit 96a2b03f281d ("mm, debug_pagelloc: use static keys to enable debugging")
>> has introduced a static key to reduce overhead when debug_pagealloc is compiled
>> in but not enabled. It relied on the assumption that jump_label_init() is
>> called before parse_early_param() as in start_kernel(), so when the
>> "debug_pagealloc=on" option is parsed, it is safe to enable the static key.
>> However, it turns out multiple architectures call parse_early_param() earlier
>> from their setup_arch(). x86 also calls jump_label_init() even earlier, so no
>> issue was found while testing the commit, but same is not true for e.g. ppc64
>> and s390 where the kernel would not boot with debug_pagealloc=on as found by
>> our QA.
>> To fix this without tricky changes to init code of multiple architectures, this
>> patch partially reverts the static key conversion from 96a2b03f281d. Init-time
>> and non-fastpath calls (such as in arch code) of debug_pagealloc_enabled() will
>> again test a simple bool variable. Fastpath mm code is converted to a new
>> debug_pagealloc_enabled_static() variant that relies on the static key, which
>> is enabled in a well-defined point in mm_init() where it's guaranteed that
>> jump_label_init() has been called, regardless of architecture.
> I'm seeing this with x86_64 allmodconfig:
> ERROR: "_debug_pagealloc_enabled_early" [sound/drivers/pcsp/snd-pcsp.ko] undefined!
> Not sure why. It's there:
> q:/usr/src/25> nm mm/page_alloc.o|grep _debug_pagealloc_enabled
> ...
> 00000000000028a0 B _debug_pagealloc_enabled
> ...
> and exported:
> 0000000000000072 r __kstrtab__debug_pagealloc_enabled

Hm that's not the _early version. Missing export indeed, can you amend
with Stephen's patch? Thanks!

> Odd. Does this happen to you as well?

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