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SubjectRe: [Bug #17361] Watchdog detected hard LOCKUP in jbd2_journal_get_write_access
On 2 October 2010 18:52, Ted Ts'o <> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 26, 2010 at 10:04:13PM +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
>> Bug-Entry     :
>> Subject               : Watchdog detected hard LOCKUP in jbd2_journal_get_write_access
>> Submitter     : Christian Casteyde <>
>> Date          : 2010-08-29 19:59 (29 days old)
> See my latest comment here:
> This subject line is highly misleading, since after -rc4, the stack
> traces are in places all over the kernel, in other places other than
> ext4/jbd2.  So I fear no one is looking at this bug report given the
> highly misleading subject line.
> It looks like you have spinlock debugging, and yet there wan't any
> spinlocks listed on the initial ext4 might_sleep() warning.  So
> something looks highly confused.
> The fact that you closed other bugs as duplicates of this one that
> relate to kmemcheck makes me wonder if this is really a kmemcheck bug.
> (If so, the subject line here is doubly, doubly misleading.)
> Do you see any symptoms if you turn off kmemcheck?  Are you sure this
> isn't just only a kmemcheck bug?

I just had a quick glance at the report, and here's my gut feeling: I
see perf symbols in the stack trace. I don't think kmemcheck and perf
play nicely together (for example if perf uses NMIs to write data to
its buffers, it could get a page fault inside the NMI handler, which
is not so nice, I think).

Isn't this exactly what Frederic Weisbecker tried to detect and warn
about in a patch that I saw recently?

Please do as Ted suggested and try to turn kmemcheck off.

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