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Date:	Thu, 2 Dec 2010 18:06:10 +0100
From:	Borislav Petkov <>
To:	Tobias Karnat <>
Cc:	Borislav Petkov <>,
	"" <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: edac_core: crashes on shutdown

On Thu, Dec 02, 2010 at 11:21:12AM -0500, Tobias Karnat wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, den 02.12.2010, 16:21 +0100 schrieb Borislav Petkov:
> > Well, thanks for the photos. I don't have an idea what might cause this
> > workqueue corruption I'm seeing, all reg/unreg paths look ok. The only
> > change that came in between .35 and .36.1 I can think of being relevant
> > is 00740c58541b6087d78418cebca1fcb86dc6077d. You could try backing that
> > one out to see whether it fixes the issue.
> Yes, reverting this fixed the issue!
> But why?

Dang, I know why. This whole ->op_state fumbling is pretty fragile and
needs de-fragilizing :o).

Please try out the one below after re-reverting
00740c58541b6087d78418cebca1fcb86dc6077d (i.e., ontop of .36.1).


From: Borislav Petkov <>
Date: Thu, 2 Dec 2010 17:48:35 +0100
Subject: [PATCH] EDAC: Fix workqueue-related crashes

00740c58541b6087d78418cebca1fcb86dc6077d changed edac_core to
un-/register a workqueue item only if a lowlevel driver supplies a
polling routine. Normally, when we remove a polling low-level driver,
we go and teardown the workqueue and cancel all the queued work.
However, the workqueue unreg happens based on the ->op_state setting,
and edac_mc_del_mc() sets this to OP_OFFLINE _before_ we cancel the work
item, leading to NULL ptr oops on the workqueue list.

Fix it by putting the unreg stuff in proper order.

Cc: <> #36.x
Reported-by: Tobias Karnat <>
LKML-Reference: <1291201307.3029.21.camel@...ias-Karnat>
Signed-off-by: Borislav Petkov <>
 drivers/edac/edac_mc.c |   10 ++++++----
 1 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/edac/edac_mc.c b/drivers/edac/edac_mc.c
index 6b21e25..6d2e34d 100644
--- a/drivers/edac/edac_mc.c
+++ b/drivers/edac/edac_mc.c
@@ -578,14 +578,16 @@ struct mem_ctl_info *edac_mc_del_mc(struct device *dev)
 		return NULL;
-	/* marking MCI offline */
-	mci->op_state = OP_OFFLINE;
-	/* flush workq processes and remove sysfs */
+	/* flush workq processes */
+	/* marking MCI offline */
+	mci->op_state = OP_OFFLINE;
+	/* remove from sysfs */
 	edac_printk(KERN_INFO, EDAC_MC,


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