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SubjectRe: next-20081119: general protection fault: get_next_timer_interrupt()
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?

--
Jens Axboe



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