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Based on kernel version 3.16. Page generated on 2014-08-06 21:40 EST.

1	IRQ-flags state tracing
2	
3	started by Ingo Molnar <mingo@redhat.com>
4	
5	the "irq-flags tracing" feature "traces" hardirq and softirq state, in
6	that it gives interested subsystems an opportunity to be notified of
7	every hardirqs-off/hardirqs-on, softirqs-off/softirqs-on event that
8	happens in the kernel.
9	
10	CONFIG_TRACE_IRQFLAGS_SUPPORT is needed for CONFIG_PROVE_SPIN_LOCKING
11	and CONFIG_PROVE_RW_LOCKING to be offered by the generic lock debugging
12	code. Otherwise only CONFIG_PROVE_MUTEX_LOCKING and
13	CONFIG_PROVE_RWSEM_LOCKING will be offered on an architecture - these
14	are locking APIs that are not used in IRQ context. (the one exception
15	for rwsems is worked around)
16	
17	architecture support for this is certainly not in the "trivial"
18	category, because lots of lowlevel assembly code deal with irq-flags
19	state changes. But an architecture can be irq-flags-tracing enabled in a
20	rather straightforward and risk-free manner.
21	
22	Architectures that want to support this need to do a couple of
23	code-organizational changes first:
24	
25	- add and enable TRACE_IRQFLAGS_SUPPORT in their arch level Kconfig file
26	
27	and then a couple of functional changes are needed as well to implement
28	irq-flags-tracing support:
29	
30	- in lowlevel entry code add (build-conditional) calls to the
31	  trace_hardirqs_off()/trace_hardirqs_on() functions. The lock validator
32	  closely guards whether the 'real' irq-flags matches the 'virtual'
33	  irq-flags state, and complains loudly (and turns itself off) if the
34	  two do not match. Usually most of the time for arch support for
35	  irq-flags-tracing is spent in this state: look at the lockdep
36	  complaint, try to figure out the assembly code we did not cover yet,
37	  fix and repeat. Once the system has booted up and works without a
38	  lockdep complaint in the irq-flags-tracing functions arch support is
39	  complete.
40	- if the architecture has non-maskable interrupts then those need to be
41	  excluded from the irq-tracing [and lock validation] mechanism via
42	  lockdep_off()/lockdep_on().
43	
44	in general there is no risk from having an incomplete irq-flags-tracing
45	implementation in an architecture: lockdep will detect that and will
46	turn itself off. I.e. the lock validator will still be reliable. There
47	should be no crashes due to irq-tracing bugs. (except if the assembly
48	changes break other code by modifying conditions or registers that
49	shouldn't be)
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