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Date:   Wed, 26 Jun 2019 23:47:40 +0200 (CEST)
From:   Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>
To:     Fenghua Yu <fenghua.yu@...el.com>
cc:     Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>, Borislav Petkov <bp@...en8.de>,
        H Peter Anvin <hpa@...or.com>,
        Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>,
        Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Dave Hansen <dave.hansen@...el.com>,
        Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...hat.com>,
        Radim Krcmar <rkrcmar@...hat.com>,
        Christopherson Sean J <sean.j.christopherson@...el.com>,
        Ashok Raj <ashok.raj@...el.com>,
        Tony Luck <tony.luck@...el.com>,
        Dan Williams <dan.j.williams@...el.com>,
        Xiaoyao Li <xiaoyao.li@...el.com>,
        Sai Praneeth Prakhya <sai.praneeth.prakhya@...el.com>,
        Ravi V Shankar <ravi.v.shankar@...el.com>,
        linux-kernel <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        x86 <x86@...nel.org>, kvm@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v9 09/17] x86/split_lock: Handle #AC exception for split
 lock

On Wed, 26 Jun 2019, Fenghua Yu wrote:

> On Wed, Jun 26, 2019 at 10:20:05PM +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > On Tue, 18 Jun 2019, Fenghua Yu wrote:
> > > +
> > > +static atomic_t split_lock_debug;
> > > +
> > > +void split_lock_disable(void)
> > > +{
> > > +	/* Disable split lock detection on this CPU */
> > > +	this_cpu_and(msr_test_ctl_cached, ~MSR_TEST_CTL_SPLIT_LOCK_DETECT);
> > > +	wrmsrl(MSR_TEST_CTL, this_cpu_read(msr_test_ctl_cached));
> > > +
> > > +	/*
> > > +	 * Use the atomic variable split_lock_debug to ensure only the
> > > +	 * first CPU hitting split lock issue prints one single complete
> > > +	 * warning. This also solves the race if the split-lock #AC fault
> > > +	 * is re-triggered by NMI of perf context interrupting one
> > > +	 * split-lock warning execution while the original WARN_ONCE() is
> > > +	 * executing.
> > > +	 */
> > > +	if (atomic_cmpxchg(&split_lock_debug, 0, 1) == 0) {
> > > +		WARN_ONCE(1, "split lock operation detected\n");
> > > +		atomic_set(&split_lock_debug, 0);
> > 
> > What's the purpose of this atomic_set()?
> 
> atomic_set() releases the split_lock_debug flag after WARN_ONCE() is done.
> The same split_lock_debug flag will be used in sysfs write for atomic
> operation as well, as proposed by Ingo in https://lkml.org/lkml/2019/4/25/48

Your comment above lacks any useful information about that whole thing.

> So that's why the flag needs to be cleared, right?

Errm. No.

CPU 0					CPU 1
					
hits AC					hits AC
  if (atomic_cmpxchg() == success)	  if (atomic_cmpxchg() == success)
  	warn()	       	  		     warn()

So only one of the CPUs will win the cmpxchg race, set te variable to 1 and
warn, the other and any subsequent AC on any other CPU will not warn
either. So you don't need WARN_ONCE() at all. It's redundant and confusing
along with the atomic_set().

Whithout reading that link [1], what Ingo proposed was surely not the
trainwreck which you decided to put into that debugfs thing.

Thanks,

	tglx

[1] lkml.org sucks. We have https://lkml.kernel.org/r/$MESSAGEID for
    that. That actually works.

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