Re: [PATCH tip:irq/core v1] genirq: remove auto-set of the mask when setting the hint

From: Jesse Brandeburg
Date: Tue May 04 2021 - 12:24:01 EST

Robin Murphy wrote:

> On 2021-05-01 03:18, Jesse Brandeburg wrote:
> > It was pointed out by Nitesh that the original work I did in 2014
> > to automatically set the interrupt affinity when requesting a
> > mask is no longer necessary. The kernel has moved on and no
> > longer has the original problem, BUT the original patch
> > introduced a subtle bug when booting a system with reserved or
> > excluded CPUs. Drivers calling this function with a mask value
> > that included a CPU that was currently or in the future
> > unavailable would generally not update the hint.
> >
> > I'm sure there are a million ways to solve this, but the simplest
> > one is to just remove a little code that tries to force the
> > affinity, as Nitesh has shown it fixes the bug and doesn't seem
> > to introduce immediate side effects.
> Unfortunately, I think there are quite a few other drivers now relying
> on this behaviour, since they are really using irq_set_affinity_hint()
> as a proxy for irq_set_affinity(). Partly since the latter isn't
> exported to modules, but also I have a vague memory of it being said
> that it's nice to update the user-visible hint to match when the
> affinity does have to be forced to something specific.
> Robin.

Thanks for your feedback Robin, but there is definitely a bug here that
is being exposed by this code. The fact that people are using this
function means they're all exposed to this bug.

Not sure if you saw, but this analysis from Nitesh explains what
happened chronologically to the kernel w.r.t this code, it's a useful
analysis! [1]

I'd add in addition that irqbalance daemon *stopped* paying attention
to hints quite a while ago, so I'm not quite sure what purpose they