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Subject[patch] fix emergency reboot: call reboot notifier list if possible
Subject: [patch] call reboot notifier list when doing an emergency reboot
From: Ingo Molnar <>

my laptop (Lenovo T60) hangs during reboot if the shutdown notifiers are
not called. So the following command, which on other systems i use as a
quick way to reboot into a new kernel:

echo b > /proc/sysrq-trigger

just hangs indefinitely after the kernel prints "Restarting system".

we dont call the reboot notifiers during emergency reboot mainly because
it could be called from atomic context and reboot notifiers are a
blocking notifier list. But actually the kernel is often perfectly
reschedulable in this stage, so we could as well process the

(furthermore, on -rt kernels this place is preemptable even during

So just process the reboot notifier list if we are preemptable. This
will shut disk caches and chipsets off.

Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
kernel/sys.c | 7 +++++++
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+)

Index: linux/kernel/sys.c
--- linux.orig/kernel/sys.c
+++ linux/kernel/sys.c
@@ -710,6 +710,13 @@ out_unlock:
void emergency_restart(void)
+ /*
+ * Call the notifier chain if we are not in an
+ * atomic context:
+ */
+ if (!preempt_count() && !irqs_disabled())
+ blocking_notifier_call_chain(&reboot_notifier_list,
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