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SubjectRe: linux hangs with printk on schedule()
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"Haoqiang Zheng" <hzheng@cs.columbia.edu> writes:

> I found Linux hangs when printk is inserted to the function schedule().
> Sure, it doesn't make much sense to add such a line to schedule(). But Linux
> shouldn't hang anyway, right? It's assumed that printk can be inserted
> safely to anywhere. So, is it a bug of Linux?
>
> The linux I am running is 2.4.18-14, the same version used by Redhat 8.0.
> The scheduler is Ingo's O(1) scheduler.

printk can call wake_up to wake up the klogd daemon. This will deadlock
on aquiring the scheduler lock of the local run queue.

One way to avoid it is to wrap it like this:

oops_in_progress++;
printk(...);
oops_in_progress--;

And no, it's not a bug in Linux.

-Andi
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