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Date:	Thu, 19 Jun 2014 13:52:41 +0900
From:	Masami Hiramatsu <>
To:	Michael Ellerman <>
Cc:	Benjamin Herrenschmidt <>,
	"Suzuki K. Poulose" <>,
	Tony Luck <>,
	Paul Mackerras <>,
	Jeremy Fitzhardinge <>,,,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,,,
	Ingo Molnar <>,
	Fenghua Yu <>,
	Arnd Bergmann <>,
	Rusty Russell <>,
	Chris Wright <>,,,
	Tony Luck <>,
	Kevin Hao <>,
	Linus Torvalds <>,,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <>,, Andrew Morton <>,,
	"David S. Miller" <>
Subject: Re: [RFT PATCH -next v3] [BUGFIX] kprobes: Fix "Failed to find blacklist"
 error on ia64 and ppc64

(2014/06/19 10:30), Michael Ellerman wrote:
> On Wed, 2014-06-18 at 17:46 +0900, Masami Hiramatsu wrote:
>> (2014/06/18 16:56), Michael Ellerman wrote:
>>> On Fri, 2014-06-06 at 15:38 +0900, Masami Hiramatsu wrote:
>>>> Ping?
>>>> I guess this should go to 3.16 branch, shouldn't it?
>>>>> diff --git a/arch/powerpc/include/asm/types.h b/arch/powerpc/include/asm/types.h
>>>>> index bfb6ded..8b89d65 100644
>>>>> --- a/arch/powerpc/include/asm/types.h
>>>>> +++ b/arch/powerpc/include/asm/types.h
>>>>> @@ -25,6 +25,17 @@ typedef struct {
>>>>>  	unsigned long env;
>>>>>  } func_descr_t;
>>>>> +#if defined(CONFIG_PPC64) && (!defined(_CALL_ELF) || _CALL_ELF == 1)
>>>>> +/*
>>>>> + * On PPC64 ABIv1 the function pointer actually points to the
>>>>> + * function's descriptor. The first entry in the descriptor is the
>>>>> + * address of the function text.
>>>>> + */
>>>>> +#define function_entry(fn)	(((func_descr_t *)(fn))->entry)
>>>>> +#else
>>>>> +#define function_entry(fn)	((unsigned long)(fn))
>>>>> +#endif
>>> We already have ppc_function_entry(), can't you use that?
>> I'd like to ask you whether the address which ppc_function_entry() returns on
>> PPC ABIv2 is really same address in kallsyms or not.
>> As you can see, kprobes uses function_entry() to get the actual entry address
>> where kallsyms knows. I have not much information about that, but it seems that
>> the "global entry point" is the address which kallsyms knows, isn't it?
> OK. I'm not sure off the top of my head which address kallsyms knows about, but
> yes it's likely that it is the global entry point.
> I recently sent a patch to add ppc_global_function_entry(), because we need it
> in the ftrace code. Once that is merged you could use that.

Yeah, I could use that. But since this is used in arch-independent code (e.g. IA64
needs similar macro), I think we'd better define function_entry() in asm/types.h for
general use (for kallsyms), and rename ppc_function_entry to local_function_entry()
in asm/code-patching.h.

> How do you hit the original problem, you don't actually specify in your commit
> message? Something with kprobes obviously, but what exactly? I'll try and
> reproduce it here.

Ah, those messages should be shown in dmesg when booting if it doesn't work,
because the messages are printed by initialization process of kprobe blacklist.
So, reproducing it is just enabling CONFIG_KPROBES and boot it.

Thank you,

Software Platform Research Dept. Linux Technology Research Center
Hitachi, Ltd., Yokohama Research Laboratory

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