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Subject[PATCH tip/core/rcu 05/12] rcu: Always set .need_qs from __rcu_read_lock() for strict GPs
From: "Paul E. McKenney" <>

The ->rcu_read_unlock_special.b.need_qs field in the task_struct
structure indicates that the RCU core needs a quiscent state from the
corresponding task. The __rcu_read_unlock() function checks this (via
an eventual call to rcu_preempt_deferred_qs_irqrestore()), and if set
reports a quiscent state immediately upon exit from the outermost RCU
read-side critical section.

Currently, this flag is only set when the scheduling-clock interrupt
decides that the current RCU grace period is too old, as in about
one full second too old. But if the kernel has been built with
CONFIG_RCU_STRICT_GRACE_PERIOD=y, we clearly do not want to wait that
long. This commit therefore sets the .need_qs field immediately at the
start of the RCU read-side critical section from within __rcu_read_lock()
in order to unconditionally enlist help from __rcu_read_unlock().

But note the additional check for rcu_state.gp_kthread, which prevents
attempts to awaken RCU's grace-period kthread during early boot before
there is a scheduler. Leaving off this check results in early boot hangs.
So early that there is no console output. Thus, this additional check
fails until such time as RCU's grace-period kthread has been created,
avoiding these empty-console hangs.

Reported-by Jann Horn <>
Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <>
kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h | 2 ++
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h b/kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h
index 5c0c580..7ed55c5 100644
--- a/kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h
+++ b/kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h
@@ -376,6 +376,8 @@ void __rcu_read_lock(void)
WARN_ON_ONCE(rcu_preempt_depth() > RCU_NEST_PMAX);
+ if (IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_RCU_STRICT_GRACE_PERIOD) && rcu_state.gp_kthread)
+ WRITE_ONCE(current->rcu_read_unlock_special.b.need_qs, true);
barrier(); /* critical section after entry code. */
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