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Date:	Tue, 4 Sep 2012 16:14:15 -0700
From:	"Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
To:	Steven Rostedt <rostedt@...dmis.org>
Cc:	Josh Triplett <josh@...htriplett.org>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, mingo@...e.hu, laijs@...fujitsu.com,
	dipankar@...ibm.com, akpm@...ux-foundation.org,
	mathieu.desnoyers@...ymtl.ca, niv@...ibm.com, tglx@...utronix.de,
	peterz@...radead.org, Valdis.Kletnieks@...edu, dhowells@...hat.com,
	eric.dumazet@...il.com, darren@...art.com, fweisbec@...il.com,
	sbw@....edu, patches@...aro.org,
	"Paul E. McKenney" <paul.mckenney@...aro.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH tip/core/rcu 04/15] rcu: Permit RCU_NONIDLE() to be used
 from interrupt context

On Tue, Sep 04, 2012 at 06:51:22PM -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Tue, 2012-09-04 at 15:33 -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:00:52AM -0700, Josh Triplett wrote:
> > > On Thu, Aug 30, 2012 at 11:56:17AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > > > From: "Paul E. McKenney" <paul.mckenney@...aro.org>
> > > > 
> > > > There is a need to use RCU from interrupt context, but either before
> > > > rcu_irq_enter() is called or after rcu_irq_exit() is called.  If the
> > > > interrupt occurs from idle, then lockdep-RCU will complain about such
> > > > uses, as they appear to be illegal uses of RCU from the idle loop.
> > > > In other environments, RCU_NONIDLE() could be used to properly protect
> > > > the use of RCU, but RCU_NONIDLE() currently cannot be invoked except
> > > > from process context.
> > > > 
> > > > This commit therefore modifies RCU_NONIDLE() to permit its use more
> > > > globally.
> > > > 
> > > > Reported-by: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@...dmis.org>
> > > > Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <paul.mckenney@...aro.org>
> > > > Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>
> > > 
> > > Something seems wrong about this.  The addition of EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL
> > > suggests that such interrupt handlers might live in modules.  In what
> > > situation might a module interrupt handler get called from the idle
> > > loop, before rcu_irq_enter or after rcu_irq_exit, and need to know that
> > > when using RCU?
> > 
> > Drivers can be in modules, in which case their interrupt handlers will
> > also be in the corresponding module.  I do agree that in most cases,
> > the irq_enter() and irq_exit() hooks would be invoked by non-module code,
> > but I do believe that I had to add those exports due to build failures.
> > 
> > Steven will let me know if I am confused on this point.
> > 
> 
> You're not confused, the situation is confusing :-/
> 
> Because some trace events happen inside the idle loop after rcu has
> "shutdown", we needed to create "trace_foo_rcuidle()" handlers that can
> handle this condition. That is, for every trace_foo() static inline
> (used at the tracepoint location), there exists a static inline
> trace_foo_rcuidle(), that looks something like this:
> 
> static inline void trace_##name##_rcuidle(proto) {
> 	if (static_key_false(&__tracepoint_##name.key)) { 
> 		rcu_idle_exit();
> 		__DO_TRACE();
> 		rcu_idle_enter();
> 	}
> }
> 
> Although these calls are never used by module code, because they are
> static inlines, they are still defined for all tracepoints, kernel
> tracepoints as well as module tracepoints. And thus, need the export :-(

Very good -- I will add this to the commit log, with attribution.

							Thanx, Paul

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