Re: [PATCH 1/8] rcu: add a warn to rcu_preempt_note_context_switch()

From: Paul E. McKenney
Date: Wed Oct 30 2013 - 07:02:55 EST

On Wed, Aug 07, 2013 at 06:24:57PM +0800, Lai Jiangshan wrote:
> It is expected that _nesting == INT_MIN if _nesting < 0.
> Add a warning to it if something unexpected happen.
> Signed-off-by: Lai Jiangshan <laijs@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> ---
> kernel/rcutree_plugin.h | 1 +
> 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/kernel/rcutree_plugin.h b/kernel/rcutree_plugin.h
> index 63098a5..8fd947e 100644
> --- a/kernel/rcutree_plugin.h
> +++ b/kernel/rcutree_plugin.h
> @@ -243,6 +243,7 @@ static void rcu_preempt_note_context_switch(int cpu)
> : rnp->gpnum + 1);
> raw_spin_unlock_irqrestore(&rnp->lock, flags);
> } else if (t->rcu_read_lock_nesting < 0 &&
> + !WARN_ON_ONCE(t->rcu_read_lock_nesting != INT_MIN) &&

Finally getting back to this...

>From what I can see, this is safe right now because
->rcu_read_lock_nesting is incremented only in case of an interrupt, NMI,
or softirq interrupting the rcu_read_unlock() code path on the one hand,
and because the functions called from rcu_read_unlock_special() currently
disable interrupts before doing any rcu_read_lock()s. With this in
mind, it is currently impossible to have a context switch occur within
an RCU read-side critical section that is invoked (either directly or
indirectly) from the portion of __rcu_read_unlock() that has negative

But this could change should any part of the rt_mutex_unlock() code
called from rcu_read_unlock_special() were to do rcu_read_lock() before
disabling interrupts. Is there any reason we should prohibit such a
pattern in rt_mutex_unlock()?

(For the record, I am currently OK prohibiting this pattern in
rcu_report_exp_rnp(), which is also called from rcu_read_unlock_special()
-- it seems unlikely that someone would use RCU to protect RCU's
expedited-grace-period data structures.)

Thanx, Paul

> t->rcu_read_unlock_special) {
> /*
> --

To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at