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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/2] x86, mce, severity: extend the the mce_severity mechanism to handle UCNA/DEFERRED error
On Tue, 2014-11-11 at 18:44 +0000, Luck, Tony wrote:
> >> The bank 7 error reported as severity 0 because EN=0 ... so we took no action for it.
> >
> > How come EN is 0? Bank7 error reporting is not enabled? Why? Or the
> > error injection thing doesn't do it?
> The "EN" bit is poorly named, and not well documented. Here's a clip from the SDM:
> One of bullets in Machine-Check Exception Handler for Error Recovery
> When the EN flag is zero but the VAL and UC flags are one in the
> IA32_MCi_STATUS register, the reported uncorrected error in this bank
> is not enabled. As uncorrected errors with the EN flag = 0 are not the
> source of machine check exceptions, the MCE handler should log and clear
> non-enabled errors when the S bit is set and should continue searching
> for enabled errors from the other IA32_MCi_STATUS registers. Note that
> when IA32_MCG_CAP [24] is 0, any uncorrected error condition (VAL =1
> and UC=1) including the one with the EN flag cleared are fatal and the
> handler must signal the operating system to reset the system. For the
> errors that do not generate machine check exceptions, the EN flag has
> no meaning. See Chapter 19: Table 19-15 to find the errors that do not
> generate machine check exceptions.
> Unfortunately the reference to chapter 19 is stale (that is now all about
> performance monitoring - I'll log a bug with the SDM editor to find the
> right reference and fix this).
> What this is trying to say is that the "EN" bit is to enable signaling
> of machine checks - so it only has meaning when checking banks from the
> machine check handler. Errors that are logged, but not signaled, or signaled
> as CMCI will have MCi_STATUS.EN=0
> >> The bank 3 error got past that hurdle, then through the next BIT(8) set indicates a
> >> cache error. Fell at the last check because ADDRV=0.
> >
> > I guess you could tweak the injection path to write in a default address
> > so that that check gets bypassed...
> I don't think this is an injection artifact. I think on this processor the mid-level-cache
> just isn't providing an address in this case. It doesn't help to make one up - our whole
> game plan is to offline a page with a UC error - and we must have an address to know
> which page to offline.
> Perhaps the severity table entries for UCNA and DEFERRED errors should look to see
> if ADDRV is set - if not, don't report this as UCNA/DEFERRED?
We can also find the following snippet from AMD APM Volume 2:

9.3.2 Error-Reporting Register Banks - MCi_STATUS

EN—Bit 60. When set to 1, this bit indicates that the error condition is
enabled in the corresponding error-reporting control register (MCi_CTL).
Errors disabled by MCi_CTL do not cause a `machine-check exception'.

Just as what you said, the severity table entry for the "EN" check
should have been skipped when calling from the CMCI/Poll handler.
As shown below:

NO, "Not enabled",


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