Re: [ANNOUNCE] 3.12.6-rt9

From: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior
Date: Fri Jan 17 2014 - 11:10:25 EST

* Nicholas Mc Guire | 2013-12-27 21:00:24 [+0100]:

>> - A patch from Thomas Gleixner not to raise the timer softirq
>> unconditionally (only if a timer is pending)
>This one seems to deadlock early in the boot sequence on x86
>(i3/i7/Phenom-4x here and Carsten Emde also had boot failures)
>after droping this patch with:
>patch -p1 -R < ../paches/timers-do-not-raise-softirq-unconditionally.patch
>3.12.6-rt9 boots up fine. cyclictest seems to be back to what it was before
>(only ran for a few minutes idle and 1h with load on an i3).
>The main problem with this patch though are proceduaral isues
>the commit note - which is a mail exchange - actually does not explain what
>the rational for the changes is (...well I don't understand the logic of
>run_local_timers - if someone can explain - pleas do) and notably:
>from timers-do-not-raise-softirq-unconditionally.patch
>well, that very same problem is in mainline if you add "threadirqs" to
>the command line. But we can be smart about this. The untested patch
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
>below should address that issue. If that works on mainline we can
>adapt it for RT (needs a trylock(&base->lock) there).
> does make me wonder why this went into -rt9 ?

It was on the mailing list for a few weeks. My understanding was that
Mike Galbraith tested it on mainline and then I added the RT specific
pieces and added it it to the tree.

> It also build fails with CONFIG_PREEMPT_RT_FULL not set.

I will add a non-RT based config to my compile tests.

> as with this patch, systems that booted just fine with 3.12.5-rt7 don't
> even boot (atleast my 3 x86 test boxes here did not) this raises some
> questions regarding the process of getting patches into -rtX - are
> we going to fast here ?
> I would prefere if such patches would go out with a request for testing
> or atleast a "might blow up your system" note in them...

I didn't expect that much trouble. In general I try to avoid adding
explosives unless marked as such.


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