On 10/19/2015 02:35 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 19, 2015 at 09:28:43AM +0000, Vineet Gupta wrote:
>> On Monday 19 October 2015 11:20 AM, Andi Kleen wrote:
>>> Vineet Gupta <vineet.gup...@synopsys.com> writes:
>>>> But this user space - so IMHO UP/SMP doesn't matter and we can't simulate 
>>>> them in
>>>> C just by itself.
>>> It matters when you access the perf ring buffer which is updated by kernel.
>> That's part of the problem. The issue is with atomic_* APIs proliferation in 
>> perf
>> user space code which assumes native atomix r-m-w support which is not always
>> true. So I think we still need a feature detection mechanism and if absent 
>> leave
>> the ball in arch court by calling arch_atomic_* which can use creative or 
>> half
>> working measures so perf will work to some extent atleast and not bomb 
>> outright.
>> Also can u please elaborate a bit on "simulate them in C" - u mean just 
>> simple
>> unprotected LD, OP, ST or do u fancy usage of futex etc?
> Doesn't ARMv5 have a cmpxchg syscall to deal with this? It does an
> IRQ-disabled load-op-store sequence.

So I got around to addressing this - now that someone actually is trying to use
NPTL (which uses llock/scond) on ARC700 lacking those instructions. However 
that we are going this route, FWIW ARM kernel got rid of this syscall with
db695c0509d6ec ("ARM: remove user cmpxchg syscall") citing some security hole.
Even of we were to disregard, the code at the time had some open code MM 
which I'd rather not replicate. My use case is simple - I only need to support 
config - and a simple {get,put}_user would suffice - given that that can
potentially take a TLB refill Miss or worse still a full page fault. I'm going 
cook that patch to add that syscall, but wanted to get some thoughts ahead of 


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