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SubjectRe: linux-next 20111025: warnings in rcu_idle_exit_common()/rcu_idle_enter_common()
On Tue, Nov 01, 2011 at 03:36:56PM +0100, Carsten Emde wrote:
> On 11/01/2011 08:07 AM, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> >On Tue, Nov 01, 2011 at 08:34:34AM +0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> >>On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 11:44:42AM -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> >>>On Mon, 2011-10-31 at 05:19 -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> >>>>On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 07:41:42PM +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> >>>>>On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 06:43:25PM +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> >>>>>>On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 05:51:52PM +0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> >>>>>>>On Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 04:26:34PM +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> >>>>>>>>Hi Paul,
> >>>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>>I got two warnings in rcutree.c. The last working kernels are
> >>>>>>>>linux-next 20111014 and linux v3.1.
> >>>>>>>
> >>>>>>>Interesting. Could you please enable RCU event tracing at boot?
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>Sorry I cannot...possibly due to another ftrace bug.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>>The RCU event tracing is at tracing/events/rcu/enable relative to
> >>>>>>>the debugfs mount point at runtime, if that helps.
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>It's exactly that linux next 20111025 (comparing to 20111014) no
> >>>>>>longer produces all the trace events that made me looking into the
> >>>>>>dmesg and find the warning from RCU (rather than the expected warning
> >>>>>>from ftrace).
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>>The trace output is now:
> >>>>>>
> >>>>>> # tracer: nop
> >>>>>> #
> >>>>>> # WARNING: FUNCTION TRACING IS CORRUPTED
> >>>>>> # MAY BE MISSING FUNCTION EVENTS
> >>>>>> # TASK-PID CPU# TIMESTAMP FUNCTION
> >>>>>> # | | | | |
> >>>>>>(nothing more)
> >>>>>
> >>>>>I checked the other test box and got the same warnings. Below is the
> >>>>>full dmesg.
> >>>>>
> >>>>>No single trace output again..
> >>>>
> >>>>Hmmm... I wonder if it is too early during boot for tracing to work
> >>>>correctly.
> >>>>
> >>>>Gah! I have rcu/next set ahead to commits that are not supposed to go
> >>>>upstream yet. I reset it back to match the stuff that is targeted for
> >>>>the current merge window. Still need to find the bug, of course.
> >>>>
> >>>>Anyone have any idea why the kworker thread might be trying to enter
> >>>>the idle loop? The idle_cpu(smp_processor_id()) call believes that
> >>>>this is not the idle task. Or does x86 allow non-idle tasks to enter
> >>>>the idle loop? Or to be migrated off-CPU?
> >>>
> >>>
> >>>It's not. Carsten Emde noticed what looked like a bug in ftrace last
> >>>week at LinuxCon, and looking deeper at it, I found that the swapper
> >>>task for all but CPU0 is named kworker. That's because kworker creates
> >>>the idle task for all other CPUs besides CPU 0 and the idle task takes
> >>>on kworker name.
> >>>
> >>>Carsten posted a patch last week too:
> >>>
> >>>https://lkml.org/lkml/2011/10/26/313
> >>>
> >>>I'm glad that this bug shows up outside of just ftrace :)
> >>
> >>That makes one of us. ;-)
> >>
> >>Fengguang, does Carsten's patch help?
> >
> >Nope unfortunately. Here is the new dmesg:
> >[..]
> >[ 0.196924] WARNING: at /c/wfg/linux-next/kernel/rcutree.c:444 rcu_idle_exit_common+0xd2/0x117()
> >[ 0.197518] Hardware name:
> >[ 0.197796] Modules linked in:
> >[ 0.198093] Pid: 0, comm: swapper/1 Not tainted 3.1.0-ioless-full-bg-all-next-20111025+ #886
> The patch correctly does what it is supposed to do -> correcting the
> erroneous command "kworker/0:1" in the original dmesg output to
> "swapper/1" in the above dmesg output. It never claimed to resolve
> the origin of the warning at rcu_idle_exit_common(). But it answers
> Paul's question "Anyone have any idea why the kworker thread might
> be trying to enter the idle loop?", since it is not the kworker
> thread but the idle task that is trying to enter the idle loop which
> obviously makes a lot more sense.

The other part of the question is why idle_cpu(smp_processor_id()) doesn't
think that this is an idle thread, but one bug at a time. ;-)

Thank you for the fix, Carsten!

Oh, and this bug is fatal in mainline -- if idle_cpu(smp_processor_id())
thinks that a given thread is the idle thread when it in fact is not,
RCU will break. In contrast, the RCU implementation in my -rcu tree
will do the right thing, but complain bitterly while doing it. At least
assuming that the task in question had any business entering the idle
loop in the first place. ;-)

Thanx, Paul



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