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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] printk: Avoid softlockups in console_unlock()
On Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:57:10 +0100
Jan Kara <> wrote:

> A CPU can be caught in console_unlock() for a long time (tens of seconds are
> reported by our customers) when other CPUs are using printk heavily and serial
> console makes printing slow. Despite serial console drivers are calling
> touch_nmi_watchdog() this triggers softlockup warnings because
> interrupts are disabled for the whole time console_unlock() runs (e.g.
> vprintk() calls console_unlock() with interrupts disabled). Thus IPIs
> cannot be processed and other CPUs get stuck spinning in calls like
> smp_call_function_many(). Also RCU eventually starts reporting lockups.
> In my artifical testing I also managed to trigger a situation when disk
> disappeared from the system apparently because commands to / from it
> could not be delivered for long enough. This is why just silencing
> watchdogs isn't a reliable solution to the problem and we simply have to
> avoid spending too long in console_unlock().
> We fix the issue by limiting the time we spend in console_unlock() to
> watchdog_thresh() / 4 (unless we are in an early boot stage or oops is
> happening). The rest of the buffer will be printed either by further
> callers to printk() or during next timer tick.

It still gives me tummy ache :(

The patch adds additional tests of oops_in_progress. Some description
of your thinking on that matter would be appropriate?

> --- a/kernel/printk.c
> +++ b/kernel/printk.c
> @@ -1990,17 +1990,31 @@ int is_console_locked(void)
> static unsigned long printk_pending;
> +static int last_printing_cpu = -1;
> +
> +static bool __console_unlock(void);
> void printk_tick(void)

printk_tick() no longer exists in linux-next.

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