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Subject[tip:smp/hotplug] ACPI/processor: Use cpu_hotplug_disable() instead of get_online_cpus()
Commit-ID:  16ab1d27c5040ae369c4652e6ce0a9a82bdbb6c5
Author: Thomas Gleixner <>
AuthorDate: Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:05:01 +0200
Committer: Thomas Gleixner <>
CommitDate: Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:08:56 +0200

ACPI/processor: Use cpu_hotplug_disable() instead of get_online_cpus()

Converting the hotplug locking, i.e. get_online_cpus(), to a percpu rwsem
unearthed a circular lock dependency which was hidden from lockdep due to
the lockdep annotation of get_online_cpus() which prevents lockdep from
creating full dependency chains.

---- ----

This dependency is established via acpi_processor_start() which calls into
the work queue code. And the work queue code establishes the reverse

This is not a problem of get_online_cpus() recursion, it's a possible
deadlock undetected by lockdep so far.

The cure is to use cpu_hotplug_disable() instead of get_online_cpus() to
protect the probing from acpi_processor_start().

There is a side effect to this: cpu_hotplug_disable() makes a concurrent
cpu hotplug attempt via the sysfs interfaces fail with -EBUSY, but that
probing usually happens during the boot process where no interaction is
possible. Any later invocations are infrequent enough and concurrent
hotplug attempts are so unlikely that the danger of user space visible
regressions is very close to zero. Anyway, thats preferrable over a real

Signed-off-by: Thomas Gleixner <>
Acked-by: Rafael J. Wysocki <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>
Cc: Sebastian Siewior <>
Cc: Steven Rostedt <>
Cc: Len Brown <>
drivers/acpi/processor_driver.c | 4 ++--
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/acpi/processor_driver.c b/drivers/acpi/processor_driver.c
index 8697a82..591d1dd 100644
--- a/drivers/acpi/processor_driver.c
+++ b/drivers/acpi/processor_driver.c
@@ -268,9 +268,9 @@ static int acpi_processor_start(struct device *dev)
return -ENODEV;

/* Protect against concurrent CPU hotplug operations */
- get_online_cpus();
+ cpu_hotplug_disable();
ret = __acpi_processor_start(device);
- put_online_cpus();
+ cpu_hotplug_enable();
return ret;

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