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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sched/isolation: Allow "isolcpus=" to skip unknown sub-parameters
On Mon, Mar 09, 2020 at 11:19:17AM -0400, Peter Xu wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 14, 2020 at 09:28:25PM +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > Peter Xu <peterx@redhat.com> writes:
> >
> > > On Tue, Feb 04, 2020 at 11:16:39AM -0500, Peter Xu wrote:
> > >> The "isolcpus=" parameter allows sub-parameters to exist before the
> > >> cpulist is specified, and if it sees unknown sub-parameters the whole
> > >> parameter will be ignored. This design is incompatible with itself
> > >> when we add more sub-parameters to "isolcpus=", because the old
> > >> kernels will not recognize the new "isolcpus=" sub-parameters, then it
> > >> will invalidate the whole parameter so the CPU isolation will not
> > >> really take effect if we start to use the new sub-parameters while
> > >> later we reboot into an old kernel. Instead we will see this when
> > >> booting the old kernel:
> > >>
> > >> isolcpus: Error, unknown flag
> > >>
> > >> The better and compatible way is to allow "isolcpus=" to skip unknown
> > >> sub-parameters, so that even if we add new sub-parameters to it the
> > >> old kernel will still be able to behave as usual even if with the new
> > >> sub-parameter is specified.
> > >>
> > >> Ideally this patch should be there when we introduce the first
> > >> sub-parameter for "isolcpus=", so it's already a bit late. However
> > >> late is better than nothing.
> > >
> > > Ping - Hi, Thomas, do you have any further comment on this patch?
> >
> > Fine with me.
> >
> > Reviewed-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
>
> Thanks Thomas!
>
> Does anyone like to pick this up, or does this patch needs more
> review?

Another gentle ping with the hope that this patch can be picked up.

It's a very simple patch, but I really hope it can be in asap because
the latter means the more kernel versions will be affected by this
isolcpus incompatibility defect (and imo should consider stable too).

Thanks.

--
Peter Xu

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