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Re: [PATCH] Linux Kernel Markers

Hi Alan,

On Wed, Sep 20, 2006 at 01:08:45AM +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> Ar Maw, 2006-09-19 am 13:54 -0400, ysgrifennodd Mathieu Desnoyers:
> > Very good idea.. However, overwriting the second instruction with a jump could
> > be dangerous on preemptible and SMP kernels, because we never know if a thread
> > has an IP in any of its contexts that would return exactly at the middle of the
> > jump. 
> No: on x86 it is the *same* case for all of these even writing an int3.
> One byte or a megabyte,
> You MUST ensure that every CPU executes a serializing instruction before
> it hits code that was modified by another processor. Otherwise you get
> CPU errata and the CPU produces results which vendors like to describe
> as "undefined".

Are you referring to Intel erratum "unsynchronized cross-modifying code"
- where it refers to the practice of modifying code on one processor
where another has prefetched the unmodified version of the code. 


> Thus you have to serialize, and if you are serializing it really doesn't
> matter if you write a byte, a paragraph or a page.

Prasanna S.P.
Linux Technology Center
India Software Labs, IBM Bangalore
Ph: 91-80-41776329

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