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Subject[patch 31/32] x86_64: fix boot hang due to nmi watchdog init code
-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let us know.

From: Ravikiran G Thirumalai <>

2.6.19 stopped booting (or booted based on build/config) on our x86_64
systems due to a bug introduced in 2.6.19. check_nmi_watchdog schedules an
IPI on all cpus to busy wait on a flag, but fails to set the busywait flag
if NMI functionality is disabled.

This causes the secondary cpus to spin in an endless loop, causing the
kernel bootup to hang.

Depending upon the build, the busywait flag got overwritten (stack
variable) and caused the kernel to bootup on certain builds. Following
patch fixes the bug by setting the busywait flag before returning from

I guess using a stack variable is not good here as the calling function
could potentially return while the busy wait loop is still spinning on the
flag. I would think this is a good candidate for 2.6.19 stable as well.

[ cleanups]
Signed-off-by: Ravikiran Thirumalai <>
Signed-off-by: Shai Fultheim <>
Cc: Andi Kleen <>
Cc: <>
Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <>
Signed-off-by: Chris Wright <>

arch/x86_64/kernel/nmi.c | 3 ++-
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- linux-2.6.19.orig/arch/x86_64/kernel/nmi.c
+++ linux-2.6.19/arch/x86_64/kernel/nmi.c
@@ -212,7 +212,7 @@ static __init void nmi_cpu_busy(void *da

int __init check_nmi_watchdog (void)
- volatile int endflag = 0;
+ static int __initdata endflag;
int *counts;
int cpu;

@@ -253,6 +253,7 @@ int __init check_nmi_watchdog (void)
if (!atomic_read(&nmi_active)) {
atomic_set(&nmi_active, -1);
+ endflag = 1;
return -1;
endflag = 1;
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