Re: Fw: [PATCH -mm] workqueue: debug possible endless loop in cancel_rearming_delayed_work

From: Jarek Poplawski
Date: Fri Apr 27 2007 - 04:58:03 EST

On Fri, Apr 27, 2007 at 11:52:47AM +0400, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> On 04/27, Jarek Poplawski wrote:
> > > Sorry, can't understand. done == 0 means that the queueing in progress,
> > > this work should be placed on cwq->worklist very soon, most probably
> > > right after we drop cwq->lock.
> >
> > I think, theoretically, probably, maybe, there is possible some strange
> > case, this function gets spin_lock only when: list_empty(&work->entry) == 1
> > && _PENDING == 1 && del_timer(&dwork->timer) == 0.
> Yes, but this is not so strange, this means the queueing in progress. Most
> probably the "owner" of WORK_STRUCT_PENDING bit spins waiting for cwq->lock.
> We will retry in this case. Of course, if we have a workqueue with the single
> work which just re-arms itself via queue_work() (without delay) and does nothing
> more, we may need a lot of looping.

I've forgot most of the math already, but there is (probably)
some Parkinson's Law about it. So, by this strange case I
mean really lot of looping (something around infinity - quite

> > PS: probably unusable, but for my own satisfaction:
> >
> > Acked-by: Jarek Poplawski <jarkao2@xxxxx>
> It is useable, at least for me. I hope you will re-ack when I actually send

This is even more strange...
BTW, I take a week of vacation (people here deserve to rest
from me), so let's say it's both acked and re-acked by me.

> the patch. Note that the "else" branch above doesn't need cwq->lock, and we
> should start with del_timer(), because the pending timer is the most common
> case.

I see, you've thought about it probably more than you said
so, I trust you 100% here (but will check later, anyway...).

Jarek P.
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