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Subject[PATCH 2.6.25-rc1] cpufreq: fix cpufreq policy refcount imbalance
When one cpu is set to offline, the caller process will hang, according to
the trace data, the problem lies in the refcount error in cpufreq driver,
cpufreq_cpu_callback will wait for completion policy->kobj_unregister
which is nerver completed because a refcount error in function
__cpufreq_remove_dev in file driver/cpufreq/cpufreq.c results in not
calling kobject release method.

In driver/cpufreq/cpufreq.c, the refcount of data->kobj isn't 1 when it
will be unregistered, this problem didn't exist in 2.6.24 and earlier.

The root cause is kobject API switch, kobject_init_and_add and kobject_put
replace older kobject_register and kobject_unregister in 2.6.25-rc1,
compared to 2.6.24, kobject_unregister is deleted in function
__cpufreq_remove_dev but it isn't replaced with kobject_put.

This patch adds kobject_put to balance refcount. I noticed Greg suggests
it will fix a power-off issue to remove kobject_get statement block, but i
think that isn't the best way because those code block has existed very long
and it is helpful because the successive statements are invoking relevant

Signed-off-by: Yi Yang <>
cpufreq.c | 5 +++++
1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)

--- a/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c 2008-02-15 04:41:29.000000000 +0800
+++ b/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c 2008-02-15 06:56:56.000000000 +0800
@@ -1057,12 +1057,17 @@ static int __cpufreq_remove_dev (struct


+ /* it matches the previous kobject_get */

/* we need to make sure that the underlying kobj is actually
* not referenced anymore by anybody before we proceed with
* unloading.
+ /* unregister data->kobj, it matches kobject_init_and_add */
+ kobject_put(&data->kobj);
dprintk("waiting for dropping of refcount\n");
dprintk("wait complete\n");

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