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SubjectRe: [2.6.23] tasks stuck in running state?
On 20/10/2007, Jeff Garzik <jeff@garzik.org> wrote:
> Chuck Ebbert wrote:
> > On 10/19/2007 05:39 PM, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> >> On my main devel box, vanilla 2.6.23 on x86-64/Fedora-7, I'm seeing a
> >> certain behavior at least once a day. I'll start a kernel build (make
> >> -sj5 on this box), and it will "hang" in the following way:
> >>
> >
> > Can you try to strace the hanging task?
>
> Well, to the system it's running, so that doesn't do much of anything...
>
> >
> > 8482 pts/0 S+ 0:00 \_ /bin/sh /garz/repo/misc-2.6/scripts/hdrcheck.sh /garz/repo/misc-2.6/usr/include /garz/repo/misc-2.6/usr/include/linux/kernelcapi.h /garz/repo/misc-2.6/usr/include/linux/.check.kernelcapi.h
> > 8484 pts/0 R+ 3:10 \_ grep ^[ \t]*#[ \t]*include[ \t]*< /garz/repo/misc-2.6/usr/include/linux/kernelcapi.h
> > 8486 pts/0 S+ 0:00 \_ cut -f2 -d<
> > 8487 pts/0 S+ 0:00 \_ cut -f1 -d>
> > 8488 pts/0 S+ 0:00 \_ egrep ^linux|^asm
> > [jgarzik@pretzel misc-2.6]$ strace -p8484
> > Process 8484 attached - interrupt to quit
> [sits there, chewing up CPU grepping a 47-line header file]

I think, the following information would be helpful :

(1) # cat /proc/PID/stat ; sleep 5; cat /proc/PID/stat

as we could know :

- whether utime or/and stime keeps increasing ;

- one of the fields is actually 'eip' ... so we could, hopefully, more
or less precisely localize the area of the code where it's looping.

(do_task_stat() in fs/proc/array.c)


(2) # cat /proc/sched_debug;
and
# cat /proc/PID/sched

(if your kernel has CONFIG_SCHED_DEBUG=y)


(3) is anything else able to run on this CPU (as I understand it's
SMP) or the task does completely locks it up.

again, one of the fields of /proc/PID/stat is the CPU# on which the
task is currently active.

Let's start a buzy-loop task on this cpu and see wheather it's able to
make any progress (TIME counter in 'ps')

# taskset -c THIS_CPU some_busy_looping_prog

TIA,

--
Best regards,
Dmitry Adamushko
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