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SubjectRe: ACPI issues on cold power on [bisected]
On Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 09:21:09AM +0900, Joonsoo Kim wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 08, 2017 at 03:11:59PM +0000, Jonathan McDowell wrote:
> > I've been sitting on this for a while and should have spent time to
> > investigate sooner, but it's been an odd failure mode that wasn't quite
> > obvious.
> >
> > In 4.9 if I cold power on my laptop (Dell E7240) it fails to boot - I
> > don't see anything after grub says its booting. In 4.10 onwards the
> > laptop boots, but I get an Oops as part of the boot and ACPI is unhappy
> > (no suspend, no clean poweroff, no ACPI buttons). The Oops is below;
> > taken from 4.12 as that's the most recent error dmesg I have saved but
> > also seen back in 4.10. It's always address 0x30 for the dereference.
> >
> > Rebooting the laptop does not lead to these problems; it's *only* from a
> > complete cold boot that they arise (which didn't help me in terms of
> > being able to reliably bisect). Once I realised that I was able to
> > bisect, but it leads me to an odd commit:
> >
> > 86d9f48534e800e4d62cdc1b5aaf539f4c1d47d6
> > (mm/slab: fix kmemcg cache creation delayed issue)
> >
> > If I revert this then I can cold boot without problems.
> >
> > Also I don't see the problem with a stock Debian kernel, I think because
> > the ACPI support is modularised.
> Sorry for late response. I was on a long vacation.

No problem. I've been trying to get around to diagnosing this for a
while now anyway and this isn't a great time of year for fast responses.

> I have tried to solve the problem however I don't find any clue yet.
> >From my analysis, oops report shows that 'struct sock *ssk' passed to
> netlink_broadcast_filtered() is NULL. It means that some of
> netlink_kernel_create() returns NULL. Maybe, it is due to slab
> allocation failure. Could you check it by inserting some log on that
> part? The issue cannot be reproducible in my side so I need your help.

I've added some debug in acpi_bus_generate_netlink_event +
genlmsg_multicast and the problem seems to be that genlmsg_multicast is
getting called when init_net.genl_sock has not yet been initialised,
leading to the NULL deference.

Full dmesg output from a cold 4.14.8 boot at:

And the same kernel after a reboot ("shutdown -r now"):

Patch that I've applied is at

The interesting difference seems to be:

PCI: Using ACPI for IRQ routing
+ACPI: Generating event type 208 (:9DBB5994-A997-11DA-B012-B622A1EF5492)
+ERROR: init_net.genl_sock is NULL
+BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000030
+IP: netlink_broadcast_filtered+0x20/0x3d0
+PGD 0 P4D 0
+Oops: 0000 [#1] SMP
+Modules linked in:
+CPU: 0 PID: 29 Comm: kworker/0:1 Not tainted 4.14.8+ #1
+Hardware name: Dell Inc. Latitude E7240/07RPNV, BIOS A22 10/18/2017
+Workqueue: kacpi_notify acpi_os_execute_deferred

9DBB5994-A997-11DA-B012-B622A1EF5492 is the Dell WMI event GUID and
there's no visible event for it on a reboot, just on a cold power on.
Some sort of ordering issues such that genl_sock is being initialised
later with the slab change?


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