tracing: Have branch tracer use recursive field of task struct

Fengguang Wu's tests triggered a bug in the branch tracer's start up
test when CONFIG_DEBUG_PREEMPT set. This was because that config
adds some debug logic in the per cpu field, which calls back into
the branch tracer.

The branch tracer has its own recursive checks, but uses a per cpu
variable to implement it. If retrieving the per cpu variable calls
back into the branch tracer, you can see how things will break.

Instead of using a per cpu variable, use the trace_recursion field
of the current task struct. Simply set a bit when entering the
branch tracing and clear it when leaving. If the bit is set on
entry, just don't do the tracing.

There's also the case with lockdep, as the local_irq_save() called
before the recursion can also trigger code that can call back into
the function. Changing that to a raw_local_irq_save() will protect
that as well.

This prevents the recursion and the inevitable crash that follows.


Cc: # 3.10+
Reported-by: Fengguang Wu <>
Tested-by: Fengguang Wu <>
Signed-off-by: Steven Rostedt <>
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