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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm] slub: fix cpu hotplug offline/online path
2007/10/12, Christoph Lameter <clameter@sgi.com>:
> On Thu, 11 Oct 2007, Akinobu Mita wrote:
>
> > > Why would get_cpu_slab not work?
> >
> >
> > case CPU_DEAD:
> > case CPU_DEAD_FROZEN:
> > down_read(&slub_lock);
> > list_for_each_entry(s, &slab_caches, list) {
> > struct kmem_cache_cpu *c = get_cpu_slab(s, cpu);
> >
> > local_irq_save(flags);
> > __flush_cpu_slab(s, cpu);
> > local_irq_restore(flags);
> > free_kmem_cache_cpu(c, cpu);
> > s->cpu_slab[cpu] = NULL; <----------------------
> > }
> > up_read(&slub_lock);
> > break;
> >
> > When CPU is offlined, cpu-hotplug notifier sets s->cpu_slab[cpu] = NULL.
> > This means get_cpu_slab() always return NULL when CPU is being onlined.
> > So I can't use get_cpu_slab to check whether kmem_cache_cpu_free
> > initalization for the CPU has already been done or not.
>
> If you have set it to NULL then the earlier kmem_cache_cpu structures has
> been freed. Why is it a problem to allocate another one when the cpu comes
> up again?
>

kmem_cache_cpu_free per-cpu singly list will be broken by calling
init_alloc_cpu_cpu() twice. It happens when online/offlining CPU.
All three patches I send attempt to make init_alloc_cpu_cpu()
called only once for each cpu.
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