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SubjectRe: [uml-devel] [BUG: UML 2.6.11-rc4-bk-latest] sleeping function called from invalid context and segmentation fault
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On Tuesday 22 February 2005 21:41, Blaisorblade wrote:
> On Friday 18 February 2005 16:33, Anton Altaparmakov wrote:
> > On Wed, 2005-02-16 at 19:35 +0100, Blaisorblade wrote:
> > > On Monday 14 February 2005 12:48, Anton Altaparmakov wrote:
> > > > Hi,
> > > >
> > > > I get a few Debug messages of the form from UML:
> > > >
> > > > Debug: sleeping function called from invalid context at
> > > > include/asm/arch/semaphore.h:107
> > > > in_atomic():0, irqs_disabled():1
> > > > Call Trace:
> > > > 087d77b0: [<0809aaa5>] __might_sleep+0x135/0x180
> > > > 087d77d8: [<084d377f>] mcount+0xf/0x20
> > > > 087d77e0: [<0807cc13>] uml_console_write+0x33/0x80
> > > >
> > > > Most are coming via uml_console_write.
> > >
> > > The problem is that the UML tty drivers use a semaphore instead of a
> > > spinlock for the locking, which also causes some other problems.
> > >
> > > The attached patch should fix this, but I've not yet made sure it is
> > > not deadlock-prone (I didn't hit any during some very limited testing).
> > >
> > > So it's not yet ready for 2.6.11.
> >
> > Trying with the above patch in now only get two "sleeping function
> > called from invalid context" warnings during boot and none during
> > running.
>
> I'll look at whether I can produce them... if it's no problem, post their
> traces anyway, please.
I'm not able... I *did* enable CONFIG_DEBUG_SPINLOCK and
CONFIG_DEBUG_SPINLOCK_SLEEP, but still I don't get them.

Maybe I have not an interesting enough test case (or kobject debugging is
flooding the dmesg ring buffer, which is doing too).

> > However I get a lot of those errors:
> >
> > arch/um/drivers/line.c:262: spin_lock(arch/um/drivers/line.c:085b5900)
> > already locked by arch/um/drivers/line.c/262
>
> Ok, I'll be looking into them ASAP (which infortunately means not very
> soon, sorry).

> At a quick look, I see that line 262 is a "spin_lock" called by
> line_write_interrupt. I used spin_lock_irqsave everywhere else... but
> actually the interrupt must explicitly disable interrupts (I forgot) so,
> the simple answer seems to be using spin_lock_irqsave() would fix it.
I've done this in the patch I'm working on. I've various stuff on the press,
however it should go in for 2.6.12-rc1, I hope.
> I
> cannot make a patch now.
>
> > Also both before and after the patch I see a lot of messages like:
> >
> > kernel: line_write_room: tty2: no room left in buffer

> I've never seen them...
Ok, correction, I've seen a lot of these...
> Anyway, I'm not sure this is a needed warning:
>
> in include/linux/tty_driver.h, the .write_room member must tell the
> available space... it's reasonable that the TTY layer will call a
> flush_buffers function. However, looking at stdio_console, I'm seeing that,
> in fact, there is no flush_chars function(!!). I'll provide one ASAP.
I've not yet removed the warning in the patch, just to be a bit too careful.
I'm providing a flush_chars and flush_buffers method.

That said, there must be something else going on... it is easy to get the
"repeated chars" problem (cat a file is enough), which I thought linked to
this: it's when some data is printed and re-printed many times...

, and everybody started noticing it just around 2.6.9 / 2.6.10. I'm not sure,
but maybe something else is causing the problem...

I'm going to work on the ring-buffer handling too, so that I make sure the
unusual code paths are also correct (which code paths are usual and which are
unusual could have changed).
--
Paolo Giarrusso, aka Blaisorblade
Linux registered user n. 292729
http://www.user-mode-linux.org/~blaisorblade



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