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Date:   Tue, 30 Apr 2019 13:55:51 +0200
From:   Peter Zijlstra <>
To:     "Paul E. McKenney" <>
Subject: Re: Question about sched_setaffinity()

On Tue, Apr 30, 2019 at 03:51:30AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > Then I'm not entirely sure how we can return 0 and not run on the
> > expected CPU. If we look at __set_cpus_allowed_ptr(), the only paths out
> > to 0 are:
> > 
> >  - if the mask didn't change
> >  - if we already run inside the new mask
> >  - if we migrated ourself with the stop-task
> >  - if we're not in fact running
> > 
> > That last case should never trigger in your circumstances, since @p ==
> > current and current is obviously running. But for completeness, the
> > wakeup of @p would do the task placement in that case.
> Are there some diagnostics I could add that would help track this down,
> be it my bug or yours?

Maybe limited function trace combined with the scheduling tracepoints
would give clue.

Trouble is, I forever forget how to set that up properly :/ Maybe
something along these lines:

$ trace-cmd record -p function_graph -g sched_setaffinity -g migration_cpu_stop -e
sched_migirate_task -e sched_switch -e sched_wakeup

Also useful would be:

echo 1 > /proc/sys/kernel/traceoff_on_warning

which ensures the trace stops the moment we find fail.

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