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Re: 3.14-rc2 XFS backtrace because irqs_disabled.

To: Dave Jones <davej@xxxxxxxxxx>, Al Viro <viro@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Eric Sandeen <sandeen@xxxxxxxxxxx>, Linux Kernel <linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: 3.14-rc2 XFS backtrace because irqs_disabled.
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 17:10:38 +1100
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On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 12:50:27AM -0500, Dave Jones wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 04:40:43PM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
>  > None of the XFS code disables interrupts in that path, not does is
>  > call outside XFS except to dispatch IO. The stack is pretty deep at
>  > this point and I know that the standard (non stacked) IO stack can
>  > consume >3kb of stack space when it gets down to having to do memory
>  > reclaim during GFP_NOIO allocation at the lowest level of SCSI
>  > drivers. Stack overruns typically show up with symptoms like we are
>  > seeing.
>  > ..
>  > 
>  > Dave, before chasing ghosts, can you (like Eric originally asked)
>  > turn on stack overrun detection?

That only checks stack usage when an interrupt is taken. If no
interrupts are taken when stack usage is within 128 bytes of
overflow, then it doesn't catch it.

I tend to use CONFIG_DEBUG_STACK_USAGE=y as it records the maximum
stack usage of a process via canary overwrites and it records it in
do_exit(). I also use the stack tracer to record the largest stack
usage seen so I know exactly what code paths are approaching stack


Dave Chinner

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