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SubjectRe: [PATCH 04/21] sched: Change the ttwu success details
On Tue, 2011-04-05 at 17:23 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> plain text document attachment (sched-change-ttwu-return.patch)
> try_to_wake_up() would only return a success when it would have to
> place a task on a rq, change that to every time we change p->state to
> TASK_RUNNING, because that's the real measure of wakeups.

So Ingo is reporting lockups with this patch on UP and I can't seem to
reproduce with his .config nor does it seem to make any sense.

The biggest change here is the movement of success = 1 in
try_to_wake_up(). The change to ttwu_post_activation() only affects a
tracepoint (if that changes behaviour something is seriously screwy) and
workqueue wakeups, and I doubt extra wakeups will cause lockups.

Therefore, the changes to try_to_wake_up_local() and wake_up_new_task()
are also not interesting. Leaving us with the one change in

> Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <>
> Reviewed-by: Frank Rowand <>
> ---
> kernel/sched.c | 18 ++++++++----------
> 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)
> Index: linux-2.6/kernel/sched.c
> ===================================================================
> --- linux-2.6.orig/kernel/sched.c
> +++ linux-2.6/kernel/sched.c

> @@ -2505,9 +2505,9 @@ static int try_to_wake_up(struct task_st
> #endif /* CONFIG_SMP */
> ttwu_activate(p, rq, wake_flags & WF_SYNC, orig_cpu != cpu,
> cpu == this_cpu, en_flags);
> - success = 1;
> out_running:
> - ttwu_post_activation(p, rq, wake_flags, success);
> + ttwu_post_activation(p, rq, wake_flags);
> + success = 1;
> out:
> task_rq_unlock(rq, &flags);
> put_cpu();

There we move success=1 so that out_running also returns success.

out_running is the case where the task has been marked
TASK_(UN)INTERRUPTIBLE but the schedule() function hasn't managed to
call deactivate_task() yet.

[ On UP that means ttwu took rq->lock before schedule() takes rq->lock ]

In that case we used to simply flip ->state back to TASK_RUNNING and not
return having woken up a task.

Now I think that is silly, because we most certainly did a wake-up, and
if we'd have a slightly different interleave with ttwu()/schedule() we
would have had to do a full wakeup.

So not treating that as a wakeup makes the ttwu() semantics dependent on
timing, something which IMO doesn't make any kind of sense.

Also, the only effect of also making that return a success is that
things like __wake_up_common() would see an extra wakeup and thus wakeup
one less task. But again, it actually was a real wakeup, the task would
have gone to sleep otherwise.

So I'm mighty puzzled as to how this causes grief.. and vexed for not
being able to reproduce.

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