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SubjectRe: [BUG] kernel freezes with latest tree

On 01/10/2012 04:44 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Anybody? Any ideas? Clearly there can be a merge problem that doesn't
> actually show as a real data conflict, just some semantic conflict,
> but I don't see what such issues would be brouht in by the scheduler
> merge anyway.

This is really easy to reproduce in a KVM hosted VM.

Using the gdb stub one cpu is spinning here:

(gdb) bt
#0 try_to_wake_up (p=0xf529b200, state=<optimized out>, wake_flags=1)
at /mnt/sw/kernel-2.6.git/kernel/sched/core.c:1575
#1 0xc0470ab0 in default_wake_function (curr=<optimized out>,
mode=<optimized out>,
wake_flags=<optimized out>, key=0xc3) at
/mnt/sw/kernel-2.6.git/kernel/sched/core.c:3364

So basically:
while (p->on_cpu) {
...
cpu_relax();
}

And the other vcpu is here:

#0 tg_load_down (tg=0xf55b9c00, data=<optimized out>) at
/mnt/sw/kernel-2.6.git/kernel/sched/fair.c:3351
#1 0xc0470049 in walk_tg_tree_from (from=0xc0ba5400, down=0xc04753c0
<tg_load_down>, up=0xc046a3b0 <tg_nop>,
data=0x0) at /mnt/sw/kernel-2.6.git/kernel/sched/core.c:664
#2 0xc04793f7 in walk_tg_tree (data=<optimized out>, up=<optimized
out>, down=0xc04753c0 <tg_load_down>)
at /mnt/sw/kernel-2.6.git/kernel/sched/sched.h:175
#3 update_h_load (cpu=<optimized out>) at
/mnt/sw/kernel-2.6.git/kernel/sched/fair.c:3361
#4 load_balance_fair (lb_flags=<synthetic pointer>,
idle=CPU_NEWLY_IDLE, sd=0xf5c30800, max_load_move=278,
busiest=0xf6607d00, this_cpu=1, this_rq=0xf6707d00) at
/mnt/sw/kernel-2.6.git/kernel/sched/fair.c:3374
#5 move_tasks (lb_flags=<synthetic pointer>, idle=CPU_NEWLY_IDLE,
sd=0xf5c30800, max_load_move=278,
busiest=<optimized out>, this_cpu=1, this_rq=0xf6707d00)
at /mnt/sw/kernel-2.6.git/kernel/sched/fair.c:3444
#6 load_balance (this_cpu=1, this_rq=0xf6707d00, sd=0xf5c30800,
idle=CPU_NEWLY_IDLE, balance=0xf5217cb4)
at /mnt/sw/kernel-2.6.git/kernel/sched/fair.c:4496
#7 0xc0479be2 in idle_balance (this_cpu=1, this_rq=0xf6707d00)
at /mnt/sw/kernel-2.6.git/kernel/sched/fair.c:4640


Based on the file in question (sched/fair.c) I took a stab at guessing
the commit: without a195f004 I was not able to lock it up. With the
patch the VM spins after a few hackbench iterations.

I don't have time for a proper bisect tonight. I can do that in the a.m.
if I am not totally off base here. Peter: any chance this commit could
explain the spinning cpus / system freeze?

David


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