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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] stop_machine: simplify
* Rusty Russell (rusty@rustcorp.com.au) wrote:
> On Thursday 10 July 2008 10:30:37 Max Krasnyansky wrote:
> > Rusty Russell wrote:
> > > stop_machine creates a kthread which creates kernel threads. We can
> > > create those threads directly and simplify things a little. Some care
> > > must be taken with CPU hotunplug, which has special needs, but that code
> > > seems more robust than it was in the past.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Rusty Russell <rusty@rustcorp.com.au>
> >
> > Rusty,
> >
> > You mentioned (in private conversation) that you were going to add some
> > logic that checks whether CPU is running user-space code and not holding
> > any locks to avoid scheduling stop_machine thread on it. Was it supposed
> > to be part of this patch ?
> >
> > Max
>
> No... I tried it, and it killed my machine. I didn't chase it for the moment,
> but it's on the "experimental" end of my patch queue.
>
> Will play with it again and report,
> Rusty.
>

Hrm, I must be missing something, but using the fact that other CPUs are
running in userspace as a guarantee that they are not running within
critical kernel sections seems kind of.. racy ? I'd like to have a look
at this experimental patch : does it inhibit interrupts somehow and/or
does it take control of userspace processes doing system calls at that
precise moment ?

Mathieu

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