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SubjectRe: linux.git: printk() problem
On (10/24/16 19:22), Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 7:06 PM, Linus Torvalds
> <> wrote:
> > On Mon, Oct 24, 2016 at 6:55 PM, Sergey Senozhatsky
> > <> wrote:
> >>
> >> I think cont_flush() should grab the logbuf_lock lock, because
> >> it does log_store() and touches the cont.len. so something like
> >> this perhaps
> >
> > Absolutely. Good catch.
> Actually, you can't do it the way you did (inside cont_flush), because
> "cont_flush()" is already called with logbuf_lock held in most cases
> (see "cont_add()").

right. my bad, realized too late.

> So it's really just the timer function that needs to take the
> logbuf_lock before it calls cont_flush().


> So here's a new version. How does this look to you?

ok, looks much better.

there are several things that I want to mention here, just to make
sure we don't miss anything (just my 5 cents).

1) the way we dumpstack on x86 (at least on x86) is a spaghetti of
printk() and pr_cont() calls. for instance, arch/x86/kernel/dumpstack_64.c
show_regs() does pr_cont() to print out the registers, while the stack and
backtrace are printed with printk(). so, I assume, the backtrace now will
look a bit upside-down, because cont lines are printed with the delay.

2) flush on oops. not that panic printk is deadlock proof (not at all)
a) rather unlikely, but what if BUG_ON() or panic() happens
under lock_timer_base()?
b) what if timer event never happens? (we are in panic, who knows)

so how about skipping mod_timer in deferred_cont_flush() and just
cont_flush() when we are in oops? here is probably one more thing we
need to "fix" first. oops_in_progress is unreliable. x86 oops_end()
does bust_spinlocks(0) before it calls panic(). panic() increments
oops_in_progress but decrements it back to 0 (bust_spinlocks(0)) before
it does console_flush_on_panic(). so there is (almost) no way
console_flush_on_panic() can see oops_in_progress != 0.

diff --git a/kernel/panic.c b/kernel/panic.c
index e6480e2..8e17540 100644
--- a/kernel/panic.c
+++ b/kernel/panic.c
@@ -228,7 +228,6 @@ void panic(const char *fmt, ...)
if (_crash_kexec_post_notifiers)

- bust_spinlocks(0);

* We may have ended up stopping the CPU holding the lock (in
@@ -240,6 +239,7 @@ void panic(const char *fmt, ...)
+ bust_spinlocks(0);

if (!panic_blink)
panic_blink = no_blink;

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