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SubjectRe: [PATCH] avoid race condition in pick_next_task_fair in kernel/sched_fair.c
On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 12:43:35PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-06-29 at 15:10 +0800, shenghui wrote:
> > I think some lock on the metadata can fix this issue, but we may
> > change plenty of code to add support for lock. I think the easist
> > way is just substacting nr_running before dequing tasks.
> But all that is fully serialized by the rq->lock.. so I'm really not
> seeing how this can happen.


Here is a panic I got today:

More details:

I get this sometimes on boot or shutdown when testing systemd. I did not
get it with sysvinit, so I guess it may be related to systemd's heavy
cgroups usage, but I'm not sure. Sadly it isn't 100% reproducible but I
usually hit it at least once a day.

The config is here: (I just did a
yes "" | make config to update it to 2.6.37-rc6.)

I got something similar with as well:

Ah, and this is on i686 in VMware - though given that I never had this
problem with systemd, I guess it won't be an emulator bug. :)

I'm not familiar with the sched code, is it possible that this is


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