Commit 34600f0e authored by Steven Rostedt's avatar Steven Rostedt Committed by Steven Rostedt
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tracing: Fix race with max_tr and changing tracers

There's a race condition between the setting of a new tracer and
the update of the max trace buffers (the swap). When a new tracer
is added, it sets current_trace to nop_trace before disabling
the old tracer. At this moment, if the old tracer uses update_max_tr(),
the update may trigger the warning against !current_trace->use_max-tr,
as nop_trace doesn't have that set.

As update_max_tr() requires that interrupts be disabled, we can
add a check to see if current_trace == nop_trace and bail if it
does. Then when disabling the current_trace, set it to nop_trace
and run synchronize_sched(). This will make sure all calls to
update_max_tr() have completed (it was called with interrupts disabled).

As a clean up, this commit also removes shrinking and recreating
the max_tr buffer if the old and new tracers both have use_max_tr set.
The old way use to always shrink the buffer, and then expand it
for the next tracer. This is a waste of time.
Signed-off-by: default avatarSteven Rostedt <>
parent 0a71e4c6
......@@ -709,10 +709,14 @@ update_max_tr(struct trace_array *tr, struct task_struct *tsk, int cpu)
if (!current_trace->use_max_tr) {
/* If we disabled the tracer, stop now */
if (current_trace == &nop_trace)
if (WARN_ON_ONCE(!current_trace->use_max_tr))
tr->buffer = max_tr.buffer;
......@@ -3185,6 +3189,7 @@ static int tracing_set_tracer(const char *buf)
static struct trace_option_dentry *topts;
struct trace_array *tr = &global_trace;
struct tracer *t;
bool had_max_tr;
int ret = 0;
......@@ -3211,7 +3216,19 @@ static int tracing_set_tracer(const char *buf)
if (current_trace && current_trace->reset)
if (current_trace && current_trace->use_max_tr) {
had_max_tr = current_trace && current_trace->use_max_tr;
current_trace = &nop_trace;
if (had_max_tr && !t->use_max_tr) {
* We need to make sure that the update_max_tr sees that
* current_trace changed to nop_trace to keep it from
* swapping the buffers after we resize it.
* The update_max_tr is called from interrupts disabled
* so a synchronized_sched() is sufficient.
* We don't free the ring buffer. instead, resize it because
* The max_tr ring buffer has some state (e.g. ring->clock) and
......@@ -3222,10 +3239,8 @@ static int tracing_set_tracer(const char *buf)
current_trace = &nop_trace;
topts = create_trace_option_files(t);
if (t->use_max_tr) {
if (t->use_max_tr && !had_max_tr) {
/* we need to make per cpu buffer sizes equivalent */
ret = resize_buffer_duplicate_size(&max_tr, &global_trace,
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