Re: spin_lock error in arch/i386/kernel/time.c on APM resume

From: George Anzinger
Date: Mon Mar 14 2005 - 18:51:38 EST

Pavel Machek wrote:

And more... That this occures implies we are attempting to update the cmos
clock on resume seems wrong. One would presume that the time is wrong at this
time and we are about to save that wrong time. Possibly the APM code should
change time_status to STA_UNSYNC on the way into the sleep (or what ever it is
called). Who should we ping with this?

timer_resume, which appears to be the problem, wants to calculate amount of time was spent suspended, also your unconditional irq enable in get_cmos_time breaks the atomicity of device_power_up and would deadlock in sections of code which call get_time_diff() with xtime_lock held. I sent a patch subject "APM: fix interrupts enabled in device_power_up" which should address this.

I agree. Still in all that follows, no one has addressed the apparent race described above. The reason the system reported the errors that started this thread is that the APM restore code was trying to read the cmos clock (I assume to set the xtime clock) WHILE the timer interrupt code what trying to set the cmos clock from xtime. In other words, it is destroying the time it is trying to read. I repeat "Possibly the APM code should change time_status to STA_UNSYNC on the way into the sleep." I am not sure how ntp is supposed to react to the resume but I suspect that the system time is rather out of sync...

It needs to work without NTP, too. You don't get NTP on plane (etc)
where suspend is most usefull.

We have CMOS clock, it should be possible to get time from there
without resorting to NTP..

Eh... sure, but... the bug was reported because the system was attempting to update the cmos clock (which it does every ~11 min.) during APM exit. It does this IF AND ONLY IF the system is synced to an external source as indicated by the STA_UNSYNC bit being cleared in the time_state. Now, I don't know what or how APM and NTP are supposed to play together, but I suspect that on entry to APM time is no longer synced, thus my comment.

As to your comment, the bug would never have shown its ugly face if the system wasn't using NTP.

George Anzinger george@xxxxxxxxxx

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