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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v1 11/25] printk_safe: remove printk safe code
On Fri 2019-02-22 14:38:28, John Ogness wrote:
> On 2019-02-22, Petr Mladek <pmladek@suse.com> wrote:
> >> diff --git a/lib/nmi_backtrace.c b/lib/nmi_backtrace.c
> >> index 15ca78e1c7d4..77bf84987cda 100644
> >> --- a/lib/nmi_backtrace.c
> >> +++ b/lib/nmi_backtrace.c
> >> @@ -75,12 +75,6 @@ void nmi_trigger_cpumask_backtrace(const cpumask_t *mask,
> >> touch_softlockup_watchdog();
> >> }
> >>
> >> - /*
> >> - * Force flush any remote buffers that might be stuck in IRQ context
> >> - * and therefore could not run their irq_work.
> >> - */
> >> - printk_safe_flush();
> >> -
> >> clear_bit_unlock(0, &backtrace_flag);
> >> put_cpu();
> >> }
> >
> > This reminds me that we need to add back the locking that was
> > removed in the commit 03fc7f9c99c1e7ae2925d45 ("printk/nmi:
> > Prevent deadlock when accessing the main log buffer in NMI").
>
> No, that commit is needed. You cannot have NMIs waiting on other CPUs.

It sounds weird. But it is safe to use a lock when it is used only
in the NMI context.

The lock has always been there. For example, I found it in
the commit 1fb9d6ad2766a1dd70 ("nmi_watchdog: Add new,
generic implementation, using perf events") from v2.6.36.

It could get removed only because we switched to the per-CPU
buffers.


> > Otherwise, backtraces from different CPUs would get mixed.
>
> A later patch (#17) adds CPU IDs to the printk messages so that this
> isn't a problem. (That patch is actually obsolete now because Sergey has
> already merged work for linux-next that includes this information.)

No this is not enough. First, the CPU-ids were primary added for
kernel testers (0-day robot, kernel-ci, syzcaller). It is not
enabled by default. It is not handled by kmsg interface.
Also sorting the messages is not much user friendly.
It should be the last resort when no other solution
is possible.

Best Regards,
Petr

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