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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] x86_64 irq: Handle irqs pending in IRR during irq migration.
Arjan van de Ven <> writes:

>> > Once the migration operation is complete we know we will receive
>> > no more interrupts on this vector so the irq pending state for
>> > this irq will no longer be updated. If the irq is not pending and
>> > we are in the intermediate state we immediately free the vector,
>> > otherwise in we free the vector in do_IRQ when the pending irq
>> > arrives.
>> So is this a for-2.6.20 thing? The bug was present in 2.6.19, so
>> I assume it doesn't affect many people?
> I got a few reports of this; irqbalance may trigger this kernel bug it
> seems... I would suggest to consider this for 2.6.20 since it's a
> hard-hang case

Yes. The bug I fixed will not happen if you don't migrate irqs.

At the very least we want the patch below (already in -mm)
that makes it not a hard hang case.

Subject: [PATCH] x86_64: Survive having no irq mapping for a vector

Occasionally the kernel has bugs that result in no irq being
found for a given cpu vector. If we acknowledge the irq
the system has a good chance of continuing even though we dropped
an missed an irq message. If we continue to simply print a
message and drop and not acknowledge the irq the system is
likely to become non-responsive shortly there after.

Signed-off-by: Eric W. Biederman <>
arch/x86_64/kernel/irq.c | 11 ++++++++---
1 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

diff --git a/arch/x86_64/kernel/irq.c b/arch/x86_64/kernel/irq.c
index 0c06af6..648055a 100644
--- a/arch/x86_64/kernel/irq.c
+++ b/arch/x86_64/kernel/irq.c
@@ -120,9 +120,14 @@ asmlinkage unsigned int do_IRQ(struct pt_regs *regs)

if (likely(irq < NR_IRQS))
- else if (printk_ratelimit())
- printk(KERN_EMERG "%s: %d.%d No irq handler for vector\n",
- __func__, smp_processor_id(), vector);
+ else {
+ if (!disable_apic)
+ ack_APIC_irq();
+ if (printk_ratelimit())
+ printk(KERN_EMERG "%s: %d.%d No irq handler for vector\n",
+ __func__, smp_processor_id(), vector);
+ }


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