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SubjectRe: 2.4.7p6 hang
On Wed, Jul 11, 2001 at 04:22:04PM +0200, Trond Myklebust wrote:
> >>>>> " " == Andrew Morton <andrewm@uow.edu.au> writes:
>
> > Trond Myklebust wrote:
> >>
> >> ... I have the same problem on my setup. To me, it looks like
> >> the loop in spawn_ksoftirqd() is suffering from some sort of
> >> atomicity problem.
>
> > Does a `set_current_state(TASK_RUNNING);' in spawn_ksoftirqd()
> > fix it? If so we have a rogue initcall...
>
> Nope. The same thing happens as before.
>
> A couple of debugging statements show that ksoftirqd_CPU0 gets created
> fine, and that ksoftirqd_task(0) is indeed getting set correctly
> before we loop in spawn_ksoftirqd().
> After this the second call to kernel_thread() succeeds, but
> ksoftirqd() itself never gets called before the hang occurs.

ksoftirqd is quite scheduler intensive, and while its startup is
correct (no need of any change there), it tends to trigger scheduler
bugs (one of those bugs was just fixed in pre5). The reason I never seen
the deadlock I also fixed this other scheduler bug in my tree:

ftp://ftp.us.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/andrea/kernels/v2.4/2.4.7pre5aa1/00_sched-yield-1

this one I forgot to sumbit but here it is now for easy merging:

--- 2.4.4aa3/kernel/sched.c.~1~ Sun Apr 29 17:37:05 2001
+++ 2.4.4aa3/kernel/sched.c Tue May 1 16:39:42 2001
@@ -674,8 +674,10 @@
#endif
spin_unlock_irq(&runqueue_lock);

- if (prev == next)
+ if (prev == next) {
+ current->policy &= ~SCHED_YIELD;
goto same_process;
+ }

#ifdef CONFIG_SMP
/*

Andrea
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