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SubjectRe: [PATCH] cpusets+hotplug+preepmt broken
This patch removes the entwining of cpusets and hotplug code in the "No
more Mr. Nice Guy" case of sched.c move_task_off_dead_cpu().

This is the same patch I sent last hour, with this patch comment cleaned
up, and Documentation/cpusets.txt fixed as well.

Since the hotplug code is holding a spinlock at this point, we cannot
take the cpuset semaphore, cpuset_sem, as would seem to be required
either to update the tasks cpuset, or to scan up the nested cpuset
chain, looking for the nearest cpuset ancestor that still has some CPUs
that are online. So we just punt and blast the tasks cpus_allowed with
all bits allowed.

This reverts these lines of code to what they were before the cpuset
patch. And it updates the cpuset Doc file, to match. This patch is

The one known alternative to this that seems to work came from Dinakar
Guniguntala, and required the hotplug code to take the cpuset_sem
semaphore much earlier in its processing. So far as we know, the
increased locking entanglement between cpusets and hot plug of this
alternative approach is not worth doing in this case.

Signed-off-by: Paul Jackson <>

diff -Naurp 2.6.12-rc1-mm4.orig/Documentation/cpusets.txt 2.6.12-rc1-mm4/Documentation/cpusets.txt
--- 2.6.12-rc1-mm4.orig/Documentation/cpusets.txt 2005-05-14 10:20:27.000000000 -0700
+++ 2.6.12-rc1-mm4/Documentation/cpusets.txt 2005-05-14 10:24:13.000000000 -0700
@@ -252,8 +252,7 @@ in a tasks processor placement.
There is an exception to the above. If hotplug funtionality is used
to remove all the CPUs that are currently assigned to a cpuset,
then the kernel will automatically update the cpus_allowed of all
-tasks attached to CPUs in that cpuset with the online CPUs of the
-nearest parent cpuset that still has some CPUs online. When memory
+tasks attached to CPUs in that cpuset to allow all CPUs. When memory
hotplug functionality for removing Memory Nodes is available, a
similar exception is expected to apply there as well. In general,
the kernel prefers to violate cpuset placement, over starving a task
diff -Naurp 2.6.12-rc1-mm4.orig/kernel/sched.c 2.6.12-rc1-mm4/kernel/sched.c
--- 2.6.12-rc1-mm4.orig/kernel/sched.c 2005-05-13 18:39:54.000000000 -0700
+++ 2.6.12-rc1-mm4/kernel/sched.c 2005-05-14 09:06:29.000000000 -0700
@@ -4301,7 +4301,7 @@ static void move_task_off_dead_cpu(int d

/* No more Mr. Nice Guy. */
if (dest_cpu == NR_CPUS) {
- tsk->cpus_allowed = cpuset_cpus_allowed(tsk);
+ cpus_setall(tsk->cpus_allowed);
dest_cpu = any_online_cpu(tsk->cpus_allowed);


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