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Subject[PATCH] srcu: Avoid local_irq_save() before acquiring spinlock_t
SRCU disables interrupts to get a stable per-CPU pointer and then
acquires the spinlock which is in the per-CPU data structure. The
release uses spin_unlock_irqrestore(). While this is correct on a non-RT
kernel, this conflicts with the RT semantics because the spinlock is
converted to a 'sleeping' spinlock. Sleeping locks can obviously not be
acquired with interrupts disabled.

Acquire the per-CPU pointer `ssp->sda' without disabling preemption and
then acquire the spinlock_t of the per-CPU data structure. The lock
will ensure that the data is consistent.
The added check_init_srcu_struct() is now needed because a statically
defined srcu_struct may remain uninitialized until this point and the
newly introduced locking operation requires an initialized spinlock_t.

This change was tested for four hours with 8*SRCU-N and 8*SRCU-P without
causing any warnings.

Cc: Lai Jiangshan <>
Cc: "Paul E. McKenney" <>
Cc: Josh Triplett <>
Cc: Steven Rostedt <>
Cc: Mathieu Desnoyers <>
Signed-off-by: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>
kernel/rcu/srcutree.c | 14 +++++++-------
1 file changed, 7 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/rcu/srcutree.c b/kernel/rcu/srcutree.c
index 0c71505f0e19c..9459bca58c380 100644
--- a/kernel/rcu/srcutree.c
+++ b/kernel/rcu/srcutree.c
@@ -764,14 +764,15 @@ static bool srcu_might_be_idle(struct srcu_struct *ssp)
unsigned long t;
unsigned long tlast;

+ check_init_srcu_struct(ssp);
/* If the local srcu_data structure has callbacks, not idle. */
- local_irq_save(flags);
- sdp = this_cpu_ptr(ssp->sda);
+ sdp = raw_cpu_ptr(ssp->sda);
+ spin_lock_irqsave_rcu_node(sdp, flags);
if (rcu_segcblist_pend_cbs(&sdp->srcu_cblist)) {
- local_irq_restore(flags);
+ spin_unlock_irqrestore_rcu_node(sdp, flags);
return false; /* Callbacks already present, so not idle. */
- local_irq_restore(flags);
+ spin_unlock_irqrestore_rcu_node(sdp, flags);

* No local callbacks, so probabalistically probe global state.
@@ -851,9 +852,8 @@ static void __call_srcu(struct srcu_struct *ssp, struct rcu_head *rhp,
rhp->func = func;
idx = srcu_read_lock(ssp);
- local_irq_save(flags);
- sdp = this_cpu_ptr(ssp->sda);
- spin_lock_rcu_node(sdp);
+ sdp = raw_cpu_ptr(ssp->sda);
+ spin_lock_irqsave_rcu_node(sdp, flags);
rcu_segcblist_enqueue(&sdp->srcu_cblist, rhp);
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