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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] kgdb,clocksource: Prevent kernel hang in kernel debugger
On Mon, 25 Jan 2010, Jason Wessel wrote:
> This is a regression fix against: 0f8e8ef7c204988246da5a42d576b7fa5277a8e4
>
> Spin locks were added to the clocksource_resume_watchdog() which cause
> the kernel debugger to deadlock on an SMP system frequently.
>
> The kernel debugger can try for the lock, but if it fails it should
> continue to touch the clocksource watchdog anyway, else it will trip
> if the general kernel execution has been paused for too long.
>
> This introduces an possible race condition where the kernel debugger
> might not process the list correctly if a clocksource is being added
> or removed at the time of this call. This race is sufficiently rare vs
> having the kernel debugger hang the kernel
>
> CC: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
> CC: Martin Schwidefsky <schwidefsky@de.ibm.com>
> CC: John Stultz <johnstul@us.ibm.com>
> CC: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
> CC: Magnus Damm <damm@igel.co.jp>
> Signed-off-by: Jason Wessel <jason.wessel@windriver.com>
> ---
> kernel/time/clocksource.c | 7 ++++++-
> 1 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/kernel/time/clocksource.c b/kernel/time/clocksource.c
> index e85c234..74f9ba6 100644
> --- a/kernel/time/clocksource.c
> +++ b/kernel/time/clocksource.c
> @@ -463,7 +463,12 @@ void clocksource_resume(void)
> */
> void clocksource_touch_watchdog(void)
> {
> - clocksource_resume_watchdog();
> + unsigned long flags;
> +
> + int got_lock = spin_trylock_irqsave(&watchdog_lock, flags);
> + clocksource_reset_watchdog();
> + if (got_lock)
> + spin_unlock_irqrestore(&watchdog_lock, flags);

Just for the record. This patch would not compile on any platform
which has CONFIG_CLOCKSOURCE_WATCHDOG=n

Thanks,

tglx


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