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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v1 30/31] ARC: switch to generic kernel_execve() and sys_execve()
On Friday 16 November 2012 09:38 AM, Al Viro wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 07, 2012 at 10:47:53AM +0100, Vineet Gupta wrote:
>> +; When we land here, pt_regs have already been updated in-place correctly
>> +; A pointer to them is also passed by kernel_execve, we just need to make sure
>> +; that SP is set to point to them.
>> +ARC_ENTRY ret_from_kernel_execve
>> + ; Force SP to "normal" pt_regs just populated.
>> + b.d ret_from_system_call
>> + mov sp, r0
> won't that splatter crap into regs->r0? IOW, why not branch to
> ret_from_exception here?

Yes it does - although I didn't notice the ill-effect since execve as an
API doesn't expect r0 to have a certain value (like fork for child).
Fixed in next revision.

>> +ARC_EXIT ret_from_kernel_execve
> Another thing: why not fold that branch to ret_from_exception into the end of
> ret_from_kernel_thread() (instead of calling sys_exit()), select

If you noticed I only had 3 patches and didn't have the equivalent of
"switch to saner kernel_execve() semantics" which would achieve above
because the bug you elucidate to below was giving me grief in bring up
(and I couldn't spend enough time debugging it).

> Actually, now that I look at your ret_from_kernel_thread... How the hell
> will it cope with kernel_thread() payload trying to return? AFAICS, this
> j.d [r1] will lose the return address, won't it?

Exactly so. I was missing the equivalent of following

ARC_ENTRY ret_from_kernel_thread
bl @schedule_tail
ld r1, [sp, PT_r1]
- j.d [r1]
+ jl.d [r1]
ld r0, [sp, PT_r0]
j @sys_exit
ARC_EXIT ret_from_kernel_thread

And since none of the bootup kernel threads took the return path I had a
working system - the problem only showed up when kernel_execve( )
started returning to exercise the broken path above.

> And while we are at it,
> I would suggest passing callback and its argument via callee-saved registers -
> makes for simpler life in ret_from_kernel_thread(), since switch_to() itself
> will take care of loading those...

Absolutely - done that too !

Would you prefer to take a look at the updated patches now or will you
rather wait for v2 series which might take a week or two.

Thanks for taking the time to review this stuff.


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