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kprobes: Update document about irq disabled state in kprobe handler

Update kprobes.txt about interrupts disabled state inside
kprobes handlers, because optimized probe/boosted kretprobe
run without disabling interrrupts on x86.

Signed-off-by: Masami Hiramatsu <>
Cc: Rusty Russell <>
Cc: Ananth N Mavinakayanahalli <>
LKML-Reference: <>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
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  1. +5 −3 Documentation/kprobes.txt
8 Documentation/kprobes.txt
@@ -542,9 +542,11 @@ Kprobes does not use mutexes or allocate memory except during
registration and unregistration.
Probe handlers are run with preemption disabled. Depending on the
-architecture, handlers may also run with interrupts disabled. In any
-case, your handler should not yield the CPU (e.g., by attempting to
-acquire a semaphore).
+architecture and optimization state, handlers may also run with
+interrupts disabled (e.g., kretprobe handlers and optimized kprobe
+handlers run without interrupt disabled on x86/x86-64). In any case,
+your handler should not yield the CPU (e.g., by attempting to acquire
+a semaphore).
Since a return probe is implemented by replacing the return
address with the trampoline's address, stack backtraces and calls

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