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SubjectRe: [PATCH] mce: fix RCU lockdep from mce_log()
On Sat, Nov 06, 2010 at 07:53:50PM +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 05, 2010 at 06:44:59PM -0300, Davidlohr Bueso wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Please review this patch, I am not very familiar with MCE/RCU so I'm not sure that this is the correct fix (otherwise consider it a bug report :)).
> > This does "fix" the message though and I can use MCE normally.
> The patch is certainly not correct. The variable needs to be read
> independently of the mutex.

This code is simply checking the value of the pointer, and therefore
need not protect any actual dereferences. So why not replace the
rcu_dereference_check_mce() with rcu_access_pointer()? If this is
OK, please see the patch below.

BTW, assigning the value returned by rcu_access_pointer() into a
variable often indicates a bug. ;-)

Thanx, Paul

Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <>

diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mcheck/mce.c b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mcheck/mce.c
index 7a35b72..4d29d50 100644
--- a/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mcheck/mce.c
+++ b/arch/x86/kernel/cpu/mcheck/mce.c
@@ -1625,7 +1625,7 @@ out:
static unsigned int mce_poll(struct file *file, poll_table *wait)
poll_wait(file, &mce_wait, wait);
- if (rcu_dereference_check_mce(
+ if (rcu_access_pointer(
if (!mce_apei_read_done && apei_check_mce())

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