Commit 58b69401 authored by Al Cooper's avatar Al Cooper Committed by Ralf Baechle
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MIPS: Function tracer: Fix broken function tracing

Function tracing is currently broken for all 32 bit MIPS platforms.
When tracing is enabled, the kernel immediately hangs on boot.
This is a result of commit b732d439

that changes the kernel/trace/Kconfig file so that is no longer
forces FRAME_POINTER when FUNCTION_TRACING is enabled.

MIPS frame pointers are generally considered to be useless because
they cannot be used to unwind the stack. Unfortunately the MIPS
function tracing code has bugs that are masked by the use of frame
pointers. This commit fixes the bugs so that MIPS frame pointers
don't need to be enabled.

The bugs are a result of the odd calling sequence used to call the trace
routine. This calling sequence is inserted into every traceable function
when the tracing CONFIG option is enabled. This sequence is generated
for 32bit MIPS platforms by the compiler via the "-pg" flag.

Part of the sequence is "addiu sp,sp,-8" in the delay slot after every
call to the trace routine "_mcount" (some legacy thing where 2 arguments
used to be pushed on the stack). The _mcount routine is expected to
adjust the sp by +8 before returning.  So when not disabled, the original
jalr and addiu will be there, so _mcount has to adjust sp.

The problem is that when tracing is disabled for a function, the
"jalr _mcount" instruction is replaced with a nop, but the
"addiu sp,sp,-8" is still executed and the stack pointer is left
trashed. When frame pointers are enabled the problem is masked
because any access to the stack is done through the frame
pointer and the stack pointer is restored from the frame pointer when
the function returns.

This patch writes two nops starting at the address of the "jalr _mcount"
instruction whenever tracing is disabled. This means that the
"addiu sp,sp.-8" will be converted to a nop along with the "jalr".  When
disabled, there will be two nops.

This is SMP safe because the first time this happens is during
ftrace_init() which is before any other processor has been started.
Subsequent calls to enable/disable tracing when other CPUs ARE running
will still be safe because the enable will only change the first nop
to a "jalr" and the disable, while writing 2 nops, will only be changing
the "jalr". This patch also stops using stop_machine() to call the
tracer enable/disable routines and calls them directly because the
routines are SMP safe.

When the kernel first boots we have to be able to handle the gcc
generated jalr, addui sequence until ftrace_init gets a chance to run
and change the sequence. At this point mcount just adjusts the stack
and returns. When ftrace_init runs, we convert the jalr/addui to nops.
Then whenever tracing is enabled we convert the first nop to a "jalr
mcount+8". The mcount+8 entry point skips the stack adjust.

[ Folded in  Steven Rostedt's build fix.]
Signed-off-by: default avatarAl Cooper <>

Signed-off-by: default avatarRalf Baechle <>
parent 196897a2
......@@ -25,6 +25,12 @@
/* Arch override because MIPS doesn't need to run this from stop_machine() */
void arch_ftrace_update_code(int command)
* Check if the address is in kernel space
......@@ -89,6 +95,24 @@ static int ftrace_modify_code(unsigned long ip, unsigned int new_code)
return 0;
#ifndef CONFIG_64BIT
static int ftrace_modify_code_2(unsigned long ip, unsigned int new_code1,
unsigned int new_code2)
int faulted;
safe_store_code(new_code1, ip, faulted);
if (unlikely(faulted))
return -EFAULT;
ip += 4;
safe_store_code(new_code2, ip, faulted);
if (unlikely(faulted))
return -EFAULT;
flush_icache_range(ip, ip + 8); /* original ip + 12 */
return 0;
* The details about the calling site of mcount on MIPS
......@@ -131,8 +155,18 @@ int ftrace_make_nop(struct module *mod,
* needed.
new = in_kernel_space(ip) ? INSN_NOP : INSN_B_1F;
#ifdef CONFIG_64BIT
return ftrace_modify_code(ip, new);
* On 32 bit MIPS platforms, gcc adds a stack adjust
* instruction in the delay slot after the branch to
* mcount and expects mcount to restore the sp on return.
* This is based on a legacy API and does nothing but
* waste instructions so it's being removed at runtime.
return ftrace_modify_code_2(ip, new, INSN_NOP);
int ftrace_make_call(struct dyn_ftrace *rec, unsigned long addr)
......@@ -46,9 +46,8 @@
PTR_L a5, PT_R9(sp)
PTR_L a6, PT_R10(sp)
PTR_L a7, PT_R11(sp)
......@@ -69,7 +68,9 @@ NESTED(ftrace_caller, PT_SIZE, ra)
.globl _mcount
b ftrace_stub
addiu sp,sp,8
/* When tracing is activated, it calls ftrace_caller+8 (aka here) */
lw t1, function_trace_stop
bnez t1, ftrace_stub
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