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SubjectRe: [kerneloops] regression in 2.6.27 wrt "lock_page" and the "hwclock" program
On Sun, 5 Oct 2008 08:11:45 -0700 Arjan van de Ven <arjan@infradead.org> wrote:

> On Sat, 4 Oct 2008 21:52:25 -0700
> Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> wrote:
>
> > On Sat, 4 Oct 2008 17:44:33 -0700 Arjan van de Ven
> > <arjan@infradead.org> wrote:
> >
> > >
> > > Details: http://www.kerneloops.org/searchweek.php?search=lock_page
> > >
> > > There's quite a few of this BUG, which seems to be an interaction
> > > between the "hwclock" program and something in 2.6.27. It's new
> > > in .27 and is currently the 8th ranked issue.....
> > >
> > > BUG: sleeping function called from invalid context at
> > > include/linux/pagemap.h:294 in_atomic():0, irqs_disabled():1
> > > INFO: lockdep is turned off.
> > > irq event stamp: 0
> > > hardirqs last enabled at (0): [<00000000>] 0x0
> > > hardirqs last disabled at (0): [<c042c3a4>]
> > > copy_process+0x2e7/0x115e softirqs last enabled at (0):
> > > [<c042c3a4>] copy_process+0x2e7/0x115e softirqs last disabled at
> > > (0): [<00000000>] 0x0 Pid: 9591, comm: hwclock Tainted: G W
> > > 2.6.27-0.372.rc8.fc10.i686 #1 [<c0427a53>] __might_sleep+0xd1/0xd6
> > > [<c0479a8b>] lock_page+0x1a/0x34
> > > [<c0479cfa>] find_lock_page+0x23/0x48
> > > [<c047a215>] filemap_fault+0x9b/0x330
> > > [<c0486493>] __do_fault+0x40/0x2e6
> > > [<c0487d63>] handle_mm_fault+0x2ec/0x6d2
> > > [<c06e8260>] do_page_fault+0x2e5/0x693
> > >
> >
> > Looks like `hwclock' disabled interrupts in userspace with sys_iopl()?
>
> static unsigned long
> atomic(const char *name, unsigned long (*op)(unsigned long),
> unsigned long arg)
> {
> unsigned long v;
> __asm__ volatile ("cli");
> v = (*op)(arg);
> __asm__ volatile ("sti");
> return v;
> }
>
> looks like it (but only on 32 bit x86, not on 64 bit x86)

I suspect this is new in hwclock? We do a might_sleep() in lock_page()
in 2.6.25 and in 2.6.26.

In which case there isn't a lot of point in changing 2.6.27.

> >
> > And then it took a pagefault, which is presumably a bug in hwclock.
> >
> > That's all a bit antisocial of it. I guess a suitable quickfix is to
> > remove the might_sleep() from lock_page() (which would be a good thing
> > from a text size POV anyway).
> >
> > But there will of course be other sites which do possibly-sleeping
> > operations on the pagefault path.
> >
> > Really, it's a bit stupid doing _any_ system calls (and a pagefault is
> > a syscall in disguise) with interrupts disabled. The kernel makes no
> > guarantees that we'll honour it. We could just enable interrupts on
> > pagefault entry - that'll teach 'em.
>
> or save - enable - <run handlers> - restore sequence

hwclock is buggy either way - it's trying to disable interrupts but
it's calling into the kernel, which will reenable interrupts, thus
losing any protection which hwclock was trying to attain.

Plus there's this little thing called "smp". I bet it doesn't disable
interrupts on all CPUs.

> it's horrible that we allowed this before, and the semantics are very
> fuzzy at best, but to go WARN_ON() for it might be a bit too much.
>
> (and yes someone really ought to fix hwclock; it's rather broken)

well yeah. Recently broken?


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