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SubjectRe: PATCH: Fix race in cpu_down (hotplug cpu)
On Mon, Sep 19, 2005 at 01:28:38PM +1000, Nigel Cunningham wrote:
> There is a race condition in taking down a cpu (kernel/cpu.c::cpu_down).
> A cpu can already be idling when we clear its online flag, and we do not
> force the idle task to reschedule. This results in __cpu_die timing out.

"when we clear its online flag" - This happens in take_cpu_down in the
context of stopmachine thread. take_cpu_down also ensures that idle
thread runs when it returns (sched_idle_next). So when idle thread runs,
it should notice that it is offline and invoke play_dead. So I don't
understand why __cpu_die should time out.


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