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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/11] rcu: Add missing RCU idle APIs on idle loop v2
On 25/08/12 13:19, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> On Fri, 2012-08-24 at 14:26 -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 23, 2012 at 04:58:24PM +0200, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>
>>> Changes since v1:
>>>
>>> - Fixed preempt handling in alpha idle loop
>>> - added ack from Geert
>>> - fixed stable email address, sorry :-/
>>>
>>> This time I built tested everywhere but: h8300 (compiler internal error),
>>> and mn10300, parisc, score (cross compilers not available in
>>> ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/tools/crosstool/files/bin/x86_64/4.6.3/)
>>>
>>> For testing, you can pull from:
>>>
>>> git://github.com/fweisbec/linux-dynticks.git
>>> rcu/idle-fix-v2
>>>
>>> Thanks.
>>
>> I have queued these on -rcu branch rcu/idle:
>>
>> git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/paulmck/linux-rcu.git
>>
>> This problem has been in place since 3.3, so it is hard to argue that
>> it is a regression for this merge window. I have therefore queued it
>> for 3.7.
>
> I don't follow that; I would expect any serious bug fix (serious enough
> for a stable update) to be acceptable for 3.6 at this point.
>
> If the regression occurred in 3.3, then the cc lines should be something
> like:
>
> Cc: <stable@vger.kernel.org> # 3.3+
>
> and not the current:
>
> Cc: 3.2.x.. <stable@vger.kernel.org>

The Alpha patches fix an even earlier regression resulting in RCU CPU
stalls on an SMP kernel built for generic Alpha (which includes the
current Debian 3.2-alpha-smp kernel) and renders the kernel pretty much
unuseable. I've only tested the two alpha patches together but maybe
just the first patch (1/11 alpha: Fix preemption handling in idle loop)
might be needed to fix the problem in 3.2. I'll test and let you know.

Cheers
Michael.


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