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SubjectRe: PATCH: Fix race in cpu_down (hotplug cpu)
On Mon, Sep 19, 2005 at 01:31:27PM +0800, Shaohua Li wrote:
> 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.

Ok, that makes sense. Nigel, could you confirm which idle routine you are
using?

> 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.

I would say the right fix here is for poll_idle and mwait_idle (& similar
other idle routines) to monitor 'cpu_offline' flag in addition to need_resched
flag, rather than what Nigel has suggested.

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Thanks and Regards,
Srivatsa Vaddagiri,
Linux Technology Center,
IBM Software Labs,
Bangalore, INDIA - 560017
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