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Subject[PATCH 2/3] ftrace: Dont disable irqs when taking the tasklist_lock read_lock
From: Soumya PN <>

In ftrace.c inside the function alloc_retstack_tasklist() (which will be
invoked when function_graph tracing is on) the tasklist_lock is being
held as reader while iterating through a list of threads. Here the lock
is being held as reader with irqs disabled. The tasklist_lock is never
write_locked in interrupt context so it is safe to not disable interrupts
for the duration of read_lock in this block which, can be significant,
given the block of code iterates through all threads. Hence changing the
code to call read_lock() and read_unlock() instead of read_lock_irqsave()
and read_unlock_irqrestore().

A similar change was made in commits: 8063e41d2ffc ("tracing: Change
syscall_*regfunc() to check PF_KTHREAD and use for_each_process_thread()")'
and 3472eaa1f12e ("sched: normalize_rt_tasks(): Don't use _irqsave for
tasklist_lock, use task_rq_lock()")'


Signed-off-by: Soumya PN <>
Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <>
kernel/trace/ftrace.c | 5 ++---
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/trace/ftrace.c b/kernel/trace/ftrace.c
index b1870fbd2b67..a6804823a058 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/ftrace.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/ftrace.c
@@ -5713,7 +5713,6 @@ static int alloc_retstack_tasklist(struct ftrace_ret_stack **ret_stack_list)
int i;
int ret = 0;
- unsigned long flags;
int start = 0, end = FTRACE_RETSTACK_ALLOC_SIZE;
struct task_struct *g, *t;

@@ -5729,7 +5728,7 @@ static int alloc_retstack_tasklist(struct ftrace_ret_stack **ret_stack_list)

- read_lock_irqsave(&tasklist_lock, flags);
+ read_lock(&tasklist_lock);
do_each_thread(g, t) {
if (start == end) {
ret = -EAGAIN;
@@ -5747,7 +5746,7 @@ static int alloc_retstack_tasklist(struct ftrace_ret_stack **ret_stack_list)
} while_each_thread(g, t);

- read_unlock_irqrestore(&tasklist_lock, flags);
+ read_unlock(&tasklist_lock);
for (i = start; i < end; i++)

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