Re: frequent lockups in 3.18rc4

From: Frederic Weisbecker
Date: Thu Nov 20 2014 - 09:36:40 EST

On Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 12:15:24AM -0500, Dave Jones wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 08:40:55PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > Hmm, if we are getting soft-lockups here, maybe it suggest too much exit-work.
> >
> > Some TIF_NOHZ loop, perhaps? You have nohz on, don't you?
> >
> > That makes me wonder: does the problem go away if you disable NOHZ?
> Does nohz=off do enough ? I couldn't convince myself after looking at
> dmesg, and still seeing dynticks stuff in there.
> I'll do a rebuild with all the CONFIG_NO_HZ stuff off, though it also changes
> some other config stuff wrt timers.

You also need to disable context tracking. So you need to deactive also
nothing else is turning on CONFIG_CONTEXT_TRACKING.

You can keep CONFIG_NO_HZ_IDLE though, just not CONFIG_NO_HZ_FULL.
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