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SubjectRe: [PATCH] torture: Fix hang during kthread shutdown phase
On Sun, Jan 1, 2023 at 1:16 AM Joel Fernandes (Google)
<> wrote:
> During shutdown of rcutorture, the shutdown thread in
> rcu_torture_cleanup() calls torture_cleanup_begin() which sets fullstop
> to FULLSTOP_RMMOD. This is enough to cause the rcutorture threads for
> readers and fakewriters to breakout of their main while loop and start
> shutting down.
> Once out of their main loop, they then call torture_kthread_stopping()
> which in turn waits for kthread_stop() to be called, however
> rcu_torture_cleanup() has not even called kthread_stop() on those
> threads yet, it does that a bit later. However, before it gets a chance
> to do so, torture_kthread_stopping() calls
> schedule_timeout_interruptible(1) in a tight loop. Tracing confirmed
> this makes the timer softirq constantly execute timer callbacks, while
> never returning back to the softirq exit path and is essentially "locked
> up" because of that. If the softirq preempts the shutdown thread,
> kthread_stop() may never be called.
> This commit improves the situation dramatically, by increasing timeout
> passed to schedule_timeout_interruptible() 1/20th of a second. This
> causes the timer softirq to not lock up a CPU and everything works fine.
> Testing has shown 100 runs of TREE07 passing reliably, which was not the
> case before because of RCU stalls.
> Cc: Paul McKenney <>
> Cc: Frederic Weisbecker <>
> Cc: Zhouyi Zhou <>
> Cc: <> # 6.0.x

Question for stable maintainers:
This patch is for mainline and 6.0 stable. However, it should also go
to 6.1 stable. How do we tag it to do that? I did not know how to tag
2 stable versions. I guess the above implies > 6.0 ?


- Joel

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