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SubjectRe: [PATCH] printk: clear console_may_schedule on panic flushing
On (01/11/16 13:59), Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Commit "printk: do cond_resched() between lines while outputting to
> > consoles" made console flushing perform cond_resched() after each line
> > if the context allows as determined by whether the console lock was
> > acquired with console_lock(). The condition is carried in
> > console_may_schedule.
> >
> > During panic, console lock status is ignored and the messages are
> > forcifully flushed which is implemented by performing
> > console_trylock(); console_unlock(); sequence ignoring whether trylock
> > succeeds or fails. This means that the emergency flushing, after
> > trylock failure, may enter flushing path with console_may_schedule set
> > from the actual holder.
> >
> > As a system may panic from any context, this can lead to
> > cond_resched() being invoked from a non-sleepable context triggering
> > an extra warning dump while panicking which is noisy and can be
> > confusing. Besides, even when panicking from a sleepable context, we
> > don't want to be yielding during emergency message dumping.
> >
> > Currently, the emergency dumping is opencoded in panic(). This patch
> > replaces the open coded implementation with a new function,
> > console_flush_on_panic() and makes it explicitly clear
> > console_may_schedule before starting the emergency flushing.
> >
>
> Got that, thanks. Because the patch has significant information
> content I'd normally make it a standalone thing, but as it's destined
> for -stable I think I'll scrunch it into
> printk-do-cond_resched-between-lines-while-outputting-to-consoles.patch
> and merge the changelogs.
>
> You didn't comment on Sergey's observations
> (https://lkml.org/lkml/2015/12/2/1192), but I'm believing this is
> a separate issue and that this patch is still good.

Thanks for Cc-ing.

Yes, this problem is different.


FWIW,
what I ended up implementing in my private builds is a bit different
thing -- I added a new console_panic_mode() function which basically
calls zap_locks(). The reason I did it this way was that console_unlock()
can potentially have other locks in it some day, not just `console_sem'.
For example, like in one of Jan's deferred printk implementations. Sort
of a defensive move to avoid possible problems.

-ss

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