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SubjectRe: Leap second insertion causes futex to repeatedly timeout
On 07/01/2012 01:36 AM, Ben Blum wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 01, 2012 at 01:16:13AM -0700, john stultz wrote:
>> On Sat, Jun 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM, Jan Engelhardt <> wrote:
>>> This year's leap second insertion has had the strange effect on at least
>>> Linux versions 3.4.4 (my end) and 3.5-rc4 (Simon's box, Cc) that certain
>>> processes use up all CPU power, because of futexes repeatedly timing
>>> out. This seems to only affect certain processes.
>>> Simon observes - - that
>>> Firefox/Thunderbird/Chrome/Java are affected.
>>> As for me, it affects VirtualBox, mysqld and ksoftirqd. The processes
>>> continue to run and respond. Most weird: I can stop-start mysqld and the
>>> issue persists. (I would have expected it to go away because the leap
>>> second event would then be in the past that mysqld does not know about
>>> anymore.)
>>> Is this a kernel issue? glibc?
>> Some of the reports that the issue is resolved by calling:
>> $ date -s "`date`"
>> suggests that it might be due to clock_was_set() not being called
>> after the leap second was added, causing some hrtimer confusion.
>> Thomas: does that sound about right?
>> I've got an initial patch to add the clock_was_set() calls where
>> needed, but so far have not been able to reproduce the issue (tried
>> firefox and some simpler futex tests). I'll keep trying and hopefully
>> have something to send out tomorrow.
>> Again, my apologies for the trouble.
> I can't vouch for whether this is the problem or not, but be very
> careful with clock_was_set()! See this commit:
> In short, clock_was_set() calls on_each_cpu() which is not allowed to be
> called in atomic context. Watch out for xtime_lock.

Quite right. The fix is a little awkward due to the need to call it
outside of holding xtime_lock/timekeeper.lock.

I've just reproduced the issue w/ Thunderbird, and my fix seems to avoid
the issue. Working up a patch now.


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