Re: problem with printk-- somebody please help

From: Mike Waychison
Date: Mon Nov 08 2004 - 14:50:37 EST

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Arun Srinivas wrote:
> hi
> I am new to the kernel world and would be very glad if somebody could
> help me with this problem.
> I am unable to do printk or even a macro call like rdtsc()...(for
> reading the time stamp counter) from within the "activate_task"
> function on a kernel with smp support.But these work under the main
> schedule() function.
> I was able to do all these i.e., inside "activate_task" on a kernel
> without smp support.Can anybody suggest a solution as to what could be
> the problem??
> somebody please help.

I seem to recall that doing so would deadlock your machine.
activate_task is called with the given cpu's runqueue locked. printk
eventually calls release_console_sem, which will wake_up_interruptible,
which will eventually call try_to_wake_up which grabs the same lock.

I don't think I've ever seen printk work while task_rq_lock'ed.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, this is the best I was able to figure
out before giving up.

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