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Re: Filesystem lockup with CONFIG_PREEMPT_RT

To: John Blackwood <john.blackwood@xxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: Filesystem lockup with CONFIG_PREEMPT_RT
From: Austin Schuh <austin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 14:59:30 -0700
Cc: Richard Weinberger <richard.weinberger@xxxxxxxxx>, linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, xfs <xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx>, linux-rt-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Delivered-to: xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: <537CFECF.9070701@xxxxxxxx>
References: <537CFECF.9070701@xxxxxxxx>
On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 12:30 PM, John Blackwood
<john.blackwood@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> Date: Wed, 21 May 2014 03:33:49 -0400
>> From: Richard Weinberger <richard.weinberger@xxxxxxxxx>
>> To: Austin Schuh <austin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> CC: LKML <linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xfs <xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx>, rt-users
>>       <linux-rt-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Subject: Re: Filesystem lockup with CONFIG_PREEMPT_RT
>
>>
>> CC'ing RT folks
>>
>> On Wed, May 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM, Austin Schuh <austin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> wrote:
>> > > On Tue, May 13, 2014 at 7:29 PM, Austin Schuh
>> > > <austin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> >> >> Hi,
>> >> >>
>> >> >> I am observing a filesystem lockup with XFS on a CONFIG_PREEMPT_RT
>> >> >> patched kernel.  I have currently only triggered it using dpkg.
>> >> >> Dave
>> >> >> Chinner on the XFS mailing list suggested that it was a rt-kernel
>> >> >> workqueue issue as opposed to a XFS problem after looking at the
>> >> >> kernel messages.
>> >> >>
>> >> >> The only modification to the kernel besides the RT patch is that I
>> >> >> have applied tglx's "genirq: Sanitize spurious interrupt detection
>> >> >> of
>> >> >> threaded irqs" patch.
>> > >
>> > > I upgraded to 3.14.3-rt4, and the problem still persists.
>> > >
>> > > I turned on event tracing and tracked it down further.  I'm able to
>> > > lock it up by scping a new kernel debian package to /tmp/ on the
>> > > machine.  scp is locking the inode, and then scheduling
>> > > xfs_bmapi_allocate_worker in the work queue.  The work then never gets
>> > > run.  The kworkers then lock up waiting for the inode lock.
>> > >
>> > > Here are the relevant events from the trace.  ffff8803e9f10288
>> > > (blk_delay_work) gets run later on in the trace, but ffff8803b4c158d0
>> > > (xfs_bmapi_allocate_worker) never does.  The kernel then warns about
>> > > blocked tasks 120 seconds later.
>
> Austin and Richard,
>
> I'm not 100% sure that the patch below will fix your problem, but we
> saw something that sounds pretty familiar to your issue involving the
> nvidia driver and the preempt-rt patch.  The nvidia driver uses the
> completion support to create their own driver's notion of an internally
> used semaphore.
>
> Some tasks were failing to ever wakeup from wait_for_completion() calls
> due to a race in the underlying do_wait_for_common() routine.

Hi John,

Thanks for the suggestion and patch.  The issue is that the work never
gets run, not that the work finishes but the waiter never gets woken.
I applied it anyways to see if it helps, but I still get the lockup.

Thanks,
    Austin

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