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SubjectRe: lockdep recursive locking detected (rcu_kthread / __cache_free)
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On Tue, 2011-10-04 at 09:28 -0500, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Mon, 3 Oct 2011, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
>
> > On Mon, Oct 03, 2011 at 03:46:11PM -0500, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> > > On Mon, 3 Oct 2011, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > >
> > > > The first lock was acquired here in an RCU callback. The later lock that
> > > > lockdep complained about appears to have been acquired from a recursive
> > > > call to __cache_free(), with no help from RCU. This looks to me like
> > > > one of the issues that arise from the slab allocator using itself to
> > > > allocate slab metadata.
> > >
> > > Right. However, this is a false positive since the slab cache with
> > > the metadata is different from the slab caches with the slab data. The slab
> > > cache with the metadata does not use itself any metadata slab caches.
> >
> > Wouldn't it be possible to pass a new flag to the metadata slab caches
> > upon creation so that their locks could be placed in a separate lock
> > class? Just allocate a separate lock_class_key structure for each such
> > lock in that case, and then use lockdep_set_class_and_name to associate
> > that structure with the corresponding lock. I do this in kernel/rcutree.c
> > in order to allow the rcu_node tree's locks to nest properly.
>
> We could give the kmalloc array a different class from created slab
> caches. That should have the desired effect.
>
> But that seems to be already the case (looking at init_node_lock_keys).
> Non OFF_SLAB caches seem to be getting a different lock class? Why is this
> not working?
>
> static void init_node_lock_keys(int q)
> {
> struct cache_sizes *s = malloc_sizes;
>
> if (g_cpucache_up != FULL)
> return;
>
> for (s = malloc_sizes; s->cs_size != ULONG_MAX; s++) {
> struct kmem_list3 *l3;
>
> l3 = s->cs_cachep->nodelists[q];
> if (!l3 || OFF_SLAB(s->cs_cachep))
> continue;
>
> slab_set_lock_classes(s->cs_cachep, &on_slab_l3_key,
> &on_slab_alc_key, q);
> }
> }

Right, so we recently poked at this to fix some other splats, see:

30765b92ada267c5395fc788623cb15233276f5c
83835b3d9aec8e9f666d8223d8a386814f756266

It could of course be I got confused and broke stuff instead, could
someone who knows slab (I guess that's either Pekka, Christoph or David)
stare at those patches?


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