Re: Using sched_clock for mmio-trace

From: Andi Kleen
Date: Sun Feb 18 2007 - 12:21:03 EST

On Sat, Feb 17, 2007 at 04:19:58PM +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Sat, 2007-02-17 at 15:56 +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > > This is one of the reasons why we don't just use good old
> > > do_gettimeofday(), since it takes locks and can lead to lock recursion
> > > if parts of itself are probed.
> >
> > do_gettimeofday doesn't take locks.
> >
> > Only restriction is that you can't single step it with long
> > pauses between instructions.
> Err, it uses read side of xtime lock, so you can not call it from a
> place which write locks xtime lock.

Err, you can -- seqlocks never deadlock.

The only thing that doesn't work is to single step with long enough
pauses with interrupts on inbetween that the sequence numbers increase:
you get a livelock then.

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