Chandra Seetharaman <sekharan@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Wed, 2006-04-26 at 11:49 -0400, Alan Stern wrote:
> > On Mon, 24 Apr 2006, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > I guess for now, bringing those things into .text and .data when there's
> > > doubt is a reasonable thing to do.
> > It seems clear that this particular oops was caused by the xfs driver
> > trying to register a cpu_notifier at a time when that notifier chain was
> > expected to be completely idle.
> > Instead of moving all this code and data out of the init sections,
> > wouldn't it be better to fix the individual drivers (like xfs) so they
> > won't try to use inaccessible notifier chains?
> > For that matter, if lots of entries on the cpu_notifier chain are marked
> > with __cpuinit, then shouldn't the chain header itself plus
> > register_cpu_notifier and unregister_cpu_notifier be marked the same way?
> Your suggestion is very valid, since the cpu_notifiers are called only
> at init time, unless CONFIG_HOTPLUG_CPU is turned ON. Definitions of
> __cpuinit and __cpuinitdata takes care of HOTPLUG config option.
> XFS wants to register only for HOTPLUG_CPU case, and it do so by putting
> the callback, register and unregister inside #ifdef HOTPLUG_CPU.
> Note: I made the changes and tested, it works.
> Andrew, Linus, Any comments ?
Ashok's the one who has spent most time with this. Basically _everything_
to do with register_cpu_notifier() and all the things which call it should
be __cpuinit and should be tossed away during boot on non-cpu-hotplug
But there are a few nasty problems with that which made us give up.