Re: frequent lockups in 3.18rc4

From: Thomas Gleixner
Date: Sat Dec 06 2014 - 17:38:44 EST

On Fri, 5 Dec 2014, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 5, 2014 at 10:48 AM, Dave Jones <davej@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > In the meantime, I rebooted into the same kernel, and ran trinity
> > solely doing the lsetxattr syscalls.
> Any particular reason for the lsetxattr guess? Just the last call
> chain? I don't recognize it from the other traces, but maybe I just
> didn't notice.
> > The load was a bit lower, so I
> > cranked up the number of child processes to 512, and then this
> > happened..
> Ugh. "dump_trace()" being broken and looping forever? I don't actually

Looking at the callchain: up to the point where dump_stack() is called
everything is preemtible context. So dump_stack() would need to loop
for a few seconds to trigger the NMI watchdog.

> believe it, because this isn't even on the exception stack (well, the
> NMI dumper is, but that one worked fine - this is the "nested" dumping
> of just the allocation call chain)

I doubt that dump_trace() itself is broken, but the call site might
have handed in something which causes memory corruption. And looking
at set_track() and the completely undocumented way how it retrieves
the storage for the trace entries via get_track() makes my brain melt.



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