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SubjectRe: PATCH: Fix race in cpu_down (hotplug cpu)
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On Mon, 2005-09-19 at 10:40 +0530, Srivatsa Vaddagiri wrote:
> On Mon, Sep 19, 2005 at 12:48:38PM +0800, Li, Shaohua wrote:
> > I guess Nigel's point is cpu_idle is preempted before take_cpu_down. If
> > the preempt occurs after the cpu_is_offline check, when the cpu (after
>
> How can that happen? Idle task is running at max priority (MAX_RT_PRIO-1)
> and with SCHED_FIFO policy at this point. If that is indeed happening,
> then we need to modify sched_idle_next not to allow that.
A CPU is idle and then is preempted and starting offline CPU. After
calling stop_machine_run, the CPU goes into idle and it will resume last
idle loop. If the CPU is broken at specific point, then the CPU will
continue executing previous idle and have no chance to call play_dead.
Am I missing anything? Nigel's patch seems can fix the situation for
mwait_idle and poll_idle but can't fix for default_idle in i386 to me.

Thanks,
Shaohua

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