Re: [PATCH] update fix X86_64 procfs provide stack information for threads

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Wed Nov 04 2009 - 07:00:30 EST

> This is true, but i think it is better to get an outdated value than a
> complete wrong value like -1.

-1 means "I don't know". I don't think "completely wrong"
is the correct term to describe that.

> The truth is that KSTK_ESP always return an outdated value on a multi
> core system if the process never do a system call.

I think not supporting updates on interrupts at least is very poor.
Unfortunately there's no good way fast path way to detect this I know of
(that is why I originally added -1 here)

> Question: is task_pt_regs(task)->sp set in 64 bit mode when the process
> is blocked in an interrupt? If true, we can add two additional assembly
> instruction to the system call handler and store the stack pointer into
> this. Than KSTK_ESP wil be again a simple macro like

You want to add instructions to one of the hottest kernel paths
for this hyper-obscure application? Bad idea.

> The drawback is that this will cost a litte bit performance for a litte
> bit more accuracy.

As far as I can figure out this whole proc hack is never accurate
anyways, because it can report arbitarily outdated (or completely bogus
if the process never did any system calls/interrupts) information.

My recommendation would be to just deprecate this proc field
and if anyone really wants that information they can use
a trivial ptrace() based user program.


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