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SubjectRe: [PATCH 5/6] x86, mce: handle "action required" errors
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On Wed, Dec 14, 2011 at 1:28 AM, Chen Gong <gong.chen@linux.intel.com> wrote:
>> -       if (kill_it&&  tolerant<  3)
>>
>> +       if (worst != MCE_AR_SEVERITY&&  kill_it&&  tolerant<  3)
>>                force_sig(SIGBUS, current);
>
>
> I think here it should add more comments to clarify why not killing *AR*
> case.
> Such as: "for SRAR errors, such as DCU/IFU error, on affected logical
> processors, it is reasonable that RIPV is 0."

I'll look at this - the reason to not kill for AR is that we want to
try to recover
first (e.g. page could be re-read from disk into a different physical page).
In some cases we can recover transparently to the application.
>> -       /* notify userspace ASAP */
>> -       set_thread_flag(TIF_MCE_NOTIFY);
>> +       if (worst == MCE_AR_SEVERITY) {
>
>
> how about adding one more condition check: mce_usable_address(&m) here?

I don't think it is needed - the table lookup in mce_severity() will only set
MCE_AR_SEVERITY if the ADDRV and MISCV bits are set in MCi_STATUS.

>> +               mce_save_info(m.addr);
>> +               set_thread_flag(TIF_MCE_NOTIFY);
>
>
> Here only SRAR error are flagged with TIF_MCE_NOTIFY, which means only SRAR
> error is handled in the function do_notify_resume. If so, SRAO error will
> only be handled in work_queue mce_work. If so, I think some related function
> names should be updated too. Otherwise, it will confuse people not touching
> these codes before.

Agreed - the names of the functions and the actions they perform haven't been
kept up to date.

>>  void mce_notify_process(void)
>>  {
>> +       __u64   paddr = paddr;
>
>
> you mean "__u64 paddr = 0;"?

No. The "paddr = paddr" is a gcc'ism to silence a spurious "may be used
before set" warning. But the point will be moot in the next version because
changes inspired by Boris' comments mean that this line goes away.

> Does there exist some possibility that in the same process there are more
> than
> one error triggered? If so, maybe mce_find_info/mce_clear_info should be
> changed
> to loop-style, because here TIF_MCE_NOTIFY is cleared in the handler.
>
> Or it is impossible because overwritten will be covered by following
> condition:

I think that in current cpus it isn't possible to have more than one
error reported at the same time per process.

-Tony
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