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SubjectRe: rcu self-detected stall messages on OMAP3, 4 boards
On Sat, Sep 22, 2012 at 05:45:12PM +0200, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> 2012/9/22 Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>:
> > On Fri, Sep 21, 2012 at 01:31:49PM -0700, Tony Lindgren wrote:
> >> * Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com> [120921 12:58]:
> >> >
> >> > Just to make sure I understand the combinations:
> >> >
> >> > o All stalls have happened when running a minimal userspace.
> >> > o CONFIG_NO_HZ=n suppresses the stalls.
> >> > o CONFIG_RCU_FAST_NO_HZ (which depends on CONFIG_NO_HZ=y) has
> >> > no observable effect on the stalls.
> >>
> >> The reason why you may need minimal userspace is to cut down
> >> the number of timers waking up the system with NO_HZ.
> >> Booting with init=/bin/sh might also do the trick for that.
> >
> > Good point! This does make for a very quiet system, but does not
> > reproduce the problem under kvm, even after waiting for four minutes.
> > I will leave it for more time, but it looks like I really might need to
> > ask Linaro for remote access to a Panda.
>
> I have one. I'm currently installing Ubuntu on it and I'll try to
> manage to build
> a kernel and reproduce the issue.
>
> I'll give more news soon.

Thank you!

My bet is that you have to have a userspace that is so small that it
registers only a few (but at least one!) RCU callback at boot time,
then never registers any callbacks ever again. I have coded up a
crude test case, using Tony Lindgren's suggestion of "init=/bin/sh",
but I appear to have inadvertently fixed this bug in current -rcu
(git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/paulmck/linux-rcu.git,
branch rcu/next).

But I have been wrong a few times already on this particular bug...

Thanx, Paul



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