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SubjectRe: [feature] automatically detect hung TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE tasks
On Mon, Dec 03, 2007 at 12:59:00PM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> no. (that's why i added the '(or a kill -9)' qualification above - if
> NFS is mounted noninterruptible then standard signals (such as Ctrl-C)
> should not have an interrupting effect.)

NFS is already interruptible with umount -f (I use that all the time...),
but softlockup won't know that and throw the warning anyways.

> your syslet snide comment aside (which is quite incomprehensible - a

For the record I have no principle problem with syslets, just I do
consider them roughly equivalent in end result to a explicit retry based
AIO implementation.

> retry based asynchonous IO model is clearly inferior even if it were
> implemented everywhere), i do think that most if not all of these
> supposedly "difficult to fix" codepaths are just on the backburner out
> of lack of a clear blame vector.

Hmm. -ENOPARSE. Can you please clarify?

> "audit thousands of callsites in 8 million lines of code first" is a
> nice euphemism for hiding from the blame forever. We had 10 years for it

Ok your approach is then to "let's warn about it and hope
it will go away"

> and it didnt happen. As we've seen it again and again, getting a
> non-fatal reminder in the dmesg about the suckage is quite efficient at

It's not universal suckage I would say, but sometimes unavoidable
conditions. Now it is better of course to have these all TASK_KILLABLE,
but then fixing that all in the kernel will probably a long term
project. I'm not arguing against that, just forcing it through
backtraces before even starting all that is probably not the right
strategy to do that.

> getting people to fix crappy solutions, and gives users and exact blame
> point of where to start. That will create pressure to fix these
> problems.

After impacting the user base -- many of these conditions are infrequent
enough that we will likely only see them during real production. Throwing
warnings for lots of known cases is probably ok for a -mm kernel
(where users expect things lik that), but not a "release" (be it
Linus release or any kind of end user distribution) imho.

I don't think there is a real alternative to code audit first
(and someone doing all the work of fixing all these first)

> > > I think you are somehow confusing two issues: this patch in no way
> > > declares that "long waits are bad" - if the user _choses_ to wait
> > > for
> >
> > Throwing a backtrace is the kernel's way to declare something as bad.
> > The only more clear ways to that I know of would be BUG or panic().
> there are various levels of declarig something bad, and you are quite
> wrong to suggest that a BUG() would be the only recourse.

I didn't write that, please reread my sentence..

But we seem to agree that a backtrace is something "declared bad" anyways,
which was my point.

> > > way to stop_ are quite likely bad".
> >
> > The user will just see the backtraces and think the kernel has
> > crashed.
> i've just changed the message to:
> INFO: task keventd/5 blocked for more than 120 seconds.
> "echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs" disables this message

That's better, but the backtrace is still there isn't it?

Anyways I think I could live with it a one liner warning (if it's
seriously rate limited etc.) and a sysctl to enable the backtraces;
off by default. Or if you prefer that record
the backtrace always in a buffer and make it available somewhere in /proc
or /sys or /debug. Would that work for you?


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