Re: [RFC PATCH 6/8] kthread: Enable parking requests from setup() andunpark() callbacks

From: anish singh
Date: Tue May 21 2013 - 04:58:34 EST

On Tue, May 21, 2013 at 1:19 PM, Srivatsa S. Bhat
<srivatsa.bhat@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 05/21/2013 11:04 AM, anish singh wrote:
>> On Mon, May 20, 2013 at 9:31 PM, Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>> When the watchdog code is boot-disabled by the user, for example
>>> through the 'nmi_watchdog=0' boot option, the setup() callback of
>>> the watchdog kthread requests to park the task, and that until the
>>> user later re-enables the watchdog through sysctl or procfs.
>>> However the parking request is not well handled when done from
>>> the setup() callback. After ->setup() is called, the generic smpboot
>>> kthread loop directly tries to call the thread function or wait
>>> for some event if ->thread_should_run() is false.
>>> In the case of the watchdog kthread, ->thread_should_run() returns
>>> false and the kthread goes to sleep and wait for the watchdog timer
>>> to wake it up. But the timer is not enabled since the user requested
>>> to disable the watchdog. We want the kthread to park instead of waiting
>>> for events that can't happen.
>>> As a result, later unpark requests after sysctl write through
>>> 'sysctl -w kernel.watchdog=1' won't wake up/unpark the task as
>>> expected, since it's not parked anyway, leaving the value modified
>>> without triggering any action.
>> Out of curiosity, this can happen only for short period of time right?After
>> some time this will work right as the thread get back in action
>> after the schedule call.Then sysctl and procfs will work I think.
> kthread_unpark() can wake up a task only if the task is in TASK_PARKED
> state. But since the above task would be in TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE state
> (since it is not parked), kthread_unpark() will be powerless to do anything.
Yes but this will happen only for a short period of time right?
After the schdule() call the below code gets executed in while() loop.

if (kthread_should_park()) {
if (ht->park && td->status == HP_THREAD_ACTIVE) {
BUG_ON(td->cpu != smp_processor_id());
td->status = HP_THREAD_PARKED;
/* We might have been woken for stop */

As we have already called kthread_park this above if() condition gets true and
it will park the thread wouldn't it?But this will happen after the schedule
call which is not right as mentioned by fredrick.
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