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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/5] x86/mce: Fix all mce notifiers to update the mce->handled bitmask
On Thu, Feb 13, 2020 at 06:03:08PM +0100, Borislav Petkov wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 12, 2020 at 12:46:51PM -0800, Tony Luck wrote:
> > If the handler took any action to log or deal with the error, set
> > a bit int mce->handled so that the default handler on the end of
> > the machine check chain can see what has been done.
> >
> > [!!! What to do about NOTIFY_STOP ... any handler that returns this
> > value short-circuits calling subsequent entries on the chain. In
> > some cases this may be the right thing to do ... but it others we
> > really want to keep calling other functions on the chain]
>
> Yes, we can kill that NOTIFY_STOP thing in the mce code since it is
> nasty.

Well, there are places where we want to keep NOTIFY_STOP.

1) Default case for CEC. We want it to "hide" the corrected error.
That was one of the main goals for CEC. We've discussed cases
where CEC shouldn't hide (when internal threshold exceeded and
it tries to take a page offline ... probably something related to
CMCI storms ... though we didn't really come to any conclusion)
2) Errata. Perhaps a vendor/platform specific function at the head
of the notify chain that weeds out errors that should never have
been reported.

> Then, from the looks of it, there should be a function at the end of
> the chain which decides whether to print or not, just by looking at
> ->handled.

That's there now. See mce_default_notifier()

> For example, it should not print MCE_HANDLED_CEC or MCE_HANDLED_EDAC,
> etc cases. The assumption for the latter being that EDAC does its own
> printing. Which then makes me wonder whether MCE_HANDLED_EDAC is enough.

But may need some refining.

> Because this one bit would basically determine whether the error gets
> printed or not. Which would mean that all EDAC drivers should print
> it...

Alternative wording "An EDAC driver should only set the bit if it printed
something useful about the error."

-Tony

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