Re: [boot crash] Re: [tip:timers/core] clocksource: Resolve cpuhotplug dead lock with TSC unstable

From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Thu Sep 03 2009 - 14:58:29 EST

* Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> i tried to bisect it but it's inconclusive:
> # bad: [32beef9c] Merge branch 'perfcounters/core'
> # bad: [b6413360] manual merge of x86/platform
> # bad: [d9e5f39a] Merge branch 'auto-oprofile-next' into auto-latest
> # bad: [cbaff272] Merge branch 'auto-timers-next' into auto-latest
> as the bisection comes up with that merge commit. Perhaps the
> combination of the x86/platform changes and the clocksource
> changes triggered it?

That seems to be the case - i just tested a combination merge of
tip:auto-timers-next and tip:auto-x86-next and the result crashed in
a similar way too.

Since normal bisection cannot find such breakages, i did a topical
bisection (merging the finegrained tip:x86/* topics into the timer
tree gradually and testing each merge).

That way i could exclude: x86/platform, x86/pat, x86/asm, x86/apic,
x86/percpu, x86/cpu, x86/mm and arrived to x86/tsc - which contains
a single commit:

d3b8f88: x86: Make tsc=reliable override boot time stability checks

Reverting that commit from tip:master gives me a non-crashing

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