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Date:	Sat, 1 Nov 2008 13:35:36 -0400 (EDT)
From:	Steven Rostedt <>
To:	Linus Torvalds <>
cc:	Jonathan Corbet <>, Yinghai Lu <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>, Robert Hancock <>,,
	LKML <>
Subject: Re: 2.6.28-rc2 hates my e1000e

[ Note, lots of family activities this weekend, so my response may be 
  slow ]

On Sat, 1 Nov 2008, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Sat, 1 Nov 2008, Jonathan Corbet wrote:
> > Networking is fine in the absence of NFS.  I retried things and
> > stress-tested it in a few ways with no trouble.  I think your last patch
> > fixes the network card just fine.
> > 
> > Then I tried NFS again, watching more closely this time around.
> > Everything locks up.  In fact, the soft lockup watchdog starts to
> > scream:
> Interesting. I wonder why it happens for NFS, but not apparently for all 
> your other modules.
> It does look very much like a ftrace issue, though, not NFS or 
> network-related. Steven? Is this something that you are aware of already, 
> with what looks like a lockup in ftrace_record_ip()?

No, I have not seen this before. The code is now pretty straight forward.

Jon, could you do a gdb vmlinux and a li *ftrace_record_ip+0xcb to find 
the exact line that is?

Showing the call path of this we have:

in module.c:

  	/* sechdrs[0].sh_size is always zero */
	mseg = section_objs(hdr, sechdrs, secstrings, "__mcount_loc",
			    sizeof(*mseg), &num_mcount);
	ftrace_init_module(mseg, mseg + num_mcount);

Where we pass a table of mcount callers to the ftrace_init_module.

void ftrace_init_module(unsigned long *start, unsigned long *end)
	if (ftrace_disabled || start == end)
	ftrace_convert_nops(start, end);

I wonder if I should test to make sure start is < end :-/

ftrace_convert_nops does the following under a mutex.

	while (p < end) {
		addr = ftrace_call_adjust(*p++);

And ftrace_record_ip does:

ftrace_record_ip(unsigned long ip)
	struct dyn_ftrace *rec;
	if (!ftrace_enabled || ftrace_disabled)
		return NULL;
	rec = ftrace_alloc_dyn_node(ip);
	if (!rec)
		return NULL;
	rec->ip = ip;
	list_add(&rec->list, &ftrace_new_addrs);
	return rec;

The ftrace_alloc_dyn_node does allocate a page if we are running low, but 
there's no other loops or locks that I can see us deadlocking on.

-- Steve

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