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SubjectRe: next-20081119: general protection fault: get_next_timer_interrupt()
2008/11/25  <malahal@us.ibm.com>:
> Jens Axboe [jens.axboe@oracle.com] wrote:
>> On Mon, Nov 24 2008, malahal@us.ibm.com wrote:
>> > Stephen Rothwell [sfr@canb.auug.org.au] wrote:
>> > > > The block timer code calls del_timer(), should it call del_timer_sync()?
>> > > > It is possible although unlikely that you are hitting del_timer_sync vs
>> > > > del_timer problem in the block timeout code. Can only be seen on SMP
>> > > > systems though!
>> > >
>> > > Is this still a problem in next-20081121? In that tree, the block commit
>> > > "block: leave the request timeout timer running even on an empty list"
>> > > was changed to add this:
>> > >
>> > > diff --git a/block/blk-core.c b/block/blk-core.c
>> > > index 04267d6..44f547c 100644
>> > > --- a/block/blk-core.c
>> > > +++ b/block/blk-core.c
>> > > @@ -391,6 +391,7 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(blk_stop_queue);
>> > > void blk_sync_queue(struct request_queue *q)
>> > > {
>> > > del_timer_sync(&q->unplug_timer);
>> > > + del_timer_sync(&q->timeout);
>> > > kblockd_flush_work(&q->unplug_work);
>> > > }
>> > > EXPORT_SYMBOL(blk_sync_queue);
>> >
>> > I was looking at the Linux tree. Clearly same problem doesn't exist with
>> > the above commit! I wonder why kblockd_flush_work() is called after the
>> > del_timer_sync(). It makes sense to cancel the work and then shutdown
>> > the timer(s). I doubt if you are running into this problem though.
>>
>> If the kernel tested doesn't include the above fix, it'll surely go
>> boom. Can someone verify that this is the case?
>
> Just looked, next-20081119 doesn't have the above fix. It is included in
> next-20081120. Also note that the above fix is only partially copied,
> there is other part that removed deleting the timer when there are no
> outstanding requests.
>
Yes, I can not reproduce it anymore on linux-next 1121 and newer. (I
did not try 1120)
It seems the fix works pretty good.
Is it still needed and reasonable to investigate the problem on next-20081119?
Unfortunately I do not have much time for it.

All these problems have gone away on next-1125 except ODEBUG warning on HPET.


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