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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 0/2] printk: Console owner and waiter logic cleanup
On Tue 2018-01-16 13:47:16, Sergey Senozhatsky wrote:
> if you don't mind, let me fix the thing that I broke.
> that would be responsible. I believe I also must say the following:
> Tetsuo, many thanks for reporting the issues for song long, and
> sorry that it took quite a while to revert that change.
> 8<====
> From: Sergey Senozhatsky <>
> Subject: [PATCH] printk: never set console_may_schedule in console_trylock()
> This patch, basically, reverts commit 6b97a20d3a79 ("printk:
> set may_schedule for some of console_trylock() callers").
> That commit was a mistake, it introduced a big dependency
> on the scheduler, by enabling preemption under console_sem
> in printk()->console_unlock() path, which is rather too
> critical. The patch did not significantly reduce the
> possibilities of printk() lockups, but made it possible to
> stall printk(), as has been reported by Tetsuo Handa [1].
> Another issues is that preemption under console_sem also
> messes up with Steven Rostedt's hand off scheme, by making
> it possible to sleep with console_sem both in console_unlock()
> and in vprintk_emit(), after acquiring the console_sem
> ownership (anywhere between printk_safe_exit_irqrestore() in
> console_trylock_spinning() and printk_safe_enter_irqsave()
> in console_unlock()). This makes hand off less likely and,
> at the same time, may result in a significant amount of
> pending logbuf messages. Preempted console_sem owner makes
> it impossible for other CPUs to emit logbuf messages, but
> does not make it impossible for other CPUs to append new
> messages to the logbuf.
> Reinstate the old behavior and make printk() non-preemptible.
> Should any printk() lockup reports arrive they must be handled
> in a different way.
> [1]
> Fixes: 6b97a20d3a79 ("printk: set may_schedule for some of console_trylock() callers")
> Signed-off-by: Sergey Senozhatsky <>
> Reported-by: Tetsuo Handa <>

IMHO, this is a step in the right direction.

Reviewed-by: Petr Mladek <>

I'll wait for Steven's review and push this into printk.git.
I'll also add your Acks for the other patches.

Thanks for the patch and the various observations.

Best Regards,

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