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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL rcu/urgent] yet more lockdep-RCU splat fixes
On Tue, 2010-06-22 at 13:44 -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:

> I am probably missing something, but I see wake_affine() only called
> from select_task_rq_fair(), which is one of the possible values for
> ->select_task_rq(). This can be called from select_task_rq(), which
> claims that it can be called without holding rq->lock. I do not see
> any rq->lock acquisition on the path from select_task_rq() to the
> call to wake_affine().
You're right, although try_to_wake_up(), wake_up_new_task() and
sched_exec() all hold a rq->lock (not sufficient to cover both
task_group() callers though).

I posted a patch yesterday that makes try_to_wake_up() call
select_task_rq() without any rq->lock held (although its a scary patch
and needs more work).

> rcu: apply RCU protection to wake_affine()
> The task_group() function returns a pointer that must be protected
> by either RCU, the ->alloc_lock, or the cgroup lock (see the
> rcu_dereference_check() in task_subsys_state(), which is invoked by
> task_group()). The wake_affine() function currently does none of these,
> which means that a concurrent update would be within its rights to free
> the structure returned by task_group(). Because wake_affine() uses this
> structure only to compute load-balancing heuristics, there is no reason
> to acquire either of the two locks.
> Therefore, this commit introduces an RCU read-side critical section that
> starts before the first call to task_group() and ends after the last use
> of the "tg" pointer returned from task_group(). Thanks to Li Zefan for
> pointing out the need to extend the RCU read-side critical section from
> that proposed by the original patch.
> Signed-off-by: Daniel J Blueman <>
> Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <>

OK, fair enough, thanks!

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