Re: [PATCH] printk: rebalance printk

From: Pan Xinhui
Date: Wed Aug 12 2015 - 22:19:03 EST

On 2015å08æ12æ 20:31, Peter Hurley wrote:
> On 08/11/2015 02:16 PM, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
>> On Tue, Aug 11, 2015 at 07:23:01PM +0800, Pan Xinhui wrote:
>>> From: Pan Xinhui <xinhuix.pan@xxxxxxxxx>
>>> printk can be called in any context, It's very useful to output debug
>>> info.
>>> But it might cause very bad issues on some special cases. For example,
>>> some driver hit errors, and it dumps many messages like reg values, etc.
>>> Sometimes, printk is called when irqs disabled. This is OKay if there is
>>> a few messages. But What would happen if many messages outputted by other
>>> drivers at same time.
>>> Here is the scenario.
>>> local_irq_save(flags);
>>> printk()
>>> while(..) { --> console_unlock
>>> printk(...);
>>> //hundreds or thousands loops
>>> } //all messages flushed out to consoles
>>> local_irq_restore(flags);
>> Where are you seeing this type of scenario "in the wild"? Or is this
>> just a "debug/bringup hardware" issue?
> There have been problem reports of big machines getting soft-lockup/RCU stall
> warnings with serial console attached. I think SLES is carrying patches
> from Jan Kara to try to workaround this issue.
commit 5874af2003b1aaaa053128d655710140e3187226 ("printk: enable interrupts before calling console_trylock_for_printk()")
does help much in most cases. Thanks Jan Kara for that patch!

However there are still some corner cases like that I mentioned above.
As preempt is disabled in console_unlock(), Even applying my patch, softlockup/RCU warning still goes out.

I am very looking forward to Jan Kara's new patch to walk around it. Of course I will also try to work out a pre-review patch with my new idea
to fix these softlockpup/RCU warning.


>> We shouldn't be ever stuck in a
>> printk that prints hundreds or thousands of loops, if so, we need to fix
>> the kernel code that does that, as we do have control over this.
> The loop referred to here is the loop in console_unlock(). Essentially
> what happens is one cpu can get trapped in the console_unlock() output
> loop; printk()'s from other cpus are only appending to the logbuf since
> they can't acquire the console_lock (which is owned by the one cpu trapped
> in the output loop).
> Regards,
> Peter Hurley
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