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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86/apic: Fix circular locking dependency between console and hrtimer locks
On Mon, Apr 27, 2020 at 01:09:49PM +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org> writes:
> > * Leon Romanovsky <leon@kernel.org> wrote:
> > The fix definitely looks legit, lockdep is right that we shouldn't take
> > the console_sem.lock even under trylock.
> >
> > It's only a printk_once(), yet I'm wondering why in the last ~8 years
> > this never triggered. Nobody ever ran lockdep and debug console level
> > enabled on such hardware, or did something else change?
> >
> > One possibility would be that apic_check_deadline_errata() marked almost
> > all Intel systems as broken and the TSC-deadline hardware never actually
> > got activated. In that case you have triggered rarely tested code and
> > might see other weirdnesses. Just saying. :-)
> >
> > Or a bootup with "debug" specified is much more rare in production
> > systems, hence the 8 years old bug.
>
> None of this makes any sense at all.
>
> The local APIC timer (in this case the TSC deadline timer) is set up
> during early boot on the boot CPU (before SMP setup) with this call
> chain:
>
> smp_prepare_cpus()
> native_smp_prepare_cpus()
> x86_init.timers.setup_percpu_clockev()
> setup_boot_APIC_clock()
> setup_APIC_timer()
> clockevents_config_and_register()
> tick_check_new_device()
> tick_setup_device()
> tick_setup_oneshot()
> clockevents_switch_state()
> lapic_timer_set_oneshot()
> __setup_APIC_LVTT()
> printk_once(...)
>
> Nothing holds hrtimer.base_lock in this call chain.

Can't printk hold that lock through console/netconsole?

>
> But the lockdep splat clearly says:
>
> [ 735.324357] stack backtrace:
> [ 735.324360] CPU: 3 PID: 0 Comm: swapper/3 Not tainted 5.6.0-for-upstream-dbg-2020-04-03_10-44-43-70 #1
>
> ...
>
> So how can that be the first invocation of that printk_once()?
>
> While the patch looks innocent, it papers over the underlying problem
> and wild theories are not really helping here.
>
> Here is a boot log excerpt with lockdep enabled and 'debug' on the
> command line:
>
> [ 0.000000] Linux version 5.7.0-rc3 ...
> ...
> [ 3.992125] TSC deadline timer enabled
> [ 3.995820] smpboot: CPU0: Intel(R) ....
> ...
> [ 4.050766] smp: Bringing up secondary CPUs ...
>
> No splat nothing. The real question is WHY this triggers on Leons
> machine 735 seconds after boot and on CPU3.

I want to believe that the timestamp are not correct, have no clue if it
is even possible.

But let's talk about facts:
1. It is started after -rc1 (we don't test linux-next).
2. This workaround helped to eliminate the splat.
3. My machine experiences the extra splat all the time
https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200414070502.GR334007@unreal/

Unfortunately, I can't bisect because the failure mentioned in the
commit message because it doesn't happen on one machine all the time,
but when we are talking about night run regression, at least one of the
runners hits such lockdep prints.

I can add to our regression any debug patch and get results day after,
if it helps.

Thanks

>
> Thanks,
>
> tglx

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