[PATCH] trace: fix epoll hang when we race with new entries

From: Josef Bacik
Date: Mon Aug 25 2014 - 13:59:51 EST

Epoll on trace_pipe can sometimes hang in a weird case. If the ring buffer is
empty when we set waiters_pending but an event shows up exactly at that moment
we can miss being woken up by the ring buffers irq work. Since
ring_buffer_empty() is inherently racey we will sometimes think that the buffer
is not empty. So we don't get woken up and we don't think there are any events
even though there were some ready when we added the watch, which makes us hang.
This patch fixes this by making sure that we are actually on the wait list
before we set waiters_pending, and add a memory barrier to make sure
ring_buffer_empty() is going to be correct.

cc: kafai@xxxxxx
cc: rostedt@xxxxxxxxxxx
Signed-off-by: Josef Bacik <jbacik@xxxxxx>
kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c | 16 +++++++++++++++-
1 file changed, 15 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c b/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c
index afb04b9..b38fb2b 100644
--- a/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c
+++ b/kernel/trace/ring_buffer.c
@@ -626,8 +626,22 @@ int ring_buffer_poll_wait(struct ring_buffer *buffer, int cpu,
work = &cpu_buffer->irq_work;

- work->waiters_pending = true;
poll_wait(filp, &work->waiters, poll_table);
+ work->waiters_pending = true;
+ /*
+ * There's a tight race between setting the waiters_pending and
+ * checking if the ring buffer is empty. Once the waiters_pending bit
+ * is set, the next event will wake the task up, but we can get stuck
+ * if there's only a single event in.
+ *
+ * FIXME: Ideally, we need a memory barrier on the writer side as well,
+ * but adding a memory barrier to all events will cause too much of a
+ * performance hit in the fast path. We only need a memory barrier when
+ * the buffer goes from empty to having content. But as this race is
+ * extremely small, and it's not a problem if another event comes in, we
+ * will fix it later.
+ */
+ smp_mb();

if ((cpu == RING_BUFFER_ALL_CPUS && !ring_buffer_empty(buffer)) ||
(cpu != RING_BUFFER_ALL_CPUS && !ring_buffer_empty_cpu(buffer, cpu)))

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/