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SubjectBisected KVM hang on x86-32 between v3.12 and v3.13
Toralf Förster reported this in
http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1662567
http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1658422
http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1657962

"The issue happens here at a 32 bit stable Gentoo Linux if
I try to start a KVM image. Kernels 3.12.X works fine,
kernel >= v3.13 will hang shortly after I started the image
with the virtual-manager. The last syslog messages are
something like:
Feb 28 16:22:00 n22 kernel: INFO: rcu_sched detected stalls
on CPUs/tasks: {} (detected by 2, t=60002 jiffies,
g=14689, c=14688, q=21051)
Feb 28 16:22:00 n22 kernel: INFO: Stall ended before state
dump start"

He correctly pointed out that the bisection blamed the merge
commit 37bf06375c90a42fe07b9bebdb07bc316ae5a0ce
"Merge tag 'v3.12-rc4' into sched/core".

This bug is obviously caused by at least two patches, one
on each side of the merge, that only when combined together
(at that merge point) cause the bug in kvm. By rebasing
the "sched/core" branch on "master" before the merge and
going on with the bisection, I found commit
3e8e42c69bb7d9fc12ebc23ff308e8523a2a59a0
"sched: Revert need_resched() to look at TIF_NEED_RESCHED"
as one of the causes. The other patch that contributes to the
bug is commit ded797547548a5b8e7b92383a41e4c0e6b0ecb7f
"irq: Force hardirq exit's softirq processing on its own stack".

Reverting either one of them solves the problem reported with kvm,
but revert is probably not the correct answer.

I wonder if the solution is as simple as this:

--->8---
diff --git a/arch/x86/Kconfig b/arch/x86/Kconfig
index 0af5250..f3b985d 100644
--- a/arch/x86/Kconfig
+++ b/arch/x86/Kconfig
@@ -126,6 +126,7 @@ config X86
select RTC_LIB
select HAVE_DEBUG_STACKOVERFLOW
select HAVE_IRQ_EXIT_ON_IRQ_STACK if X86_64
+ select HAVE_IRQ_EXIT_ON_IRQ_STACK if X86_32
select HAVE_CC_STACKPROTECTOR

config INSTRUCTION_DECODER
---8<---
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