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Date:   Fri, 14 Feb 2020 15:55:45 -0800
        "Paul E. McKenney" <>
Subject: [PATCH tip/core/rcu 08/30] rcu: Add WRITE_ONCE() to rcu_state ->gp_req_activity

From: "Paul E. McKenney" <>

The rcu_state structure's ->gp_req_activity field is read locklessly,
so this commit adds the WRITE_ONCE() to an update in order to provide
proper documentation and READ_ONCE()/WRITE_ONCE() pairing.

This data race was reported by KCSAN.  Not appropriate for backporting
due to failure being unlikely.

Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <>
 kernel/rcu/tree.c | 4 ++--
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/rcu/tree.c b/kernel/rcu/tree.c
index 236692d..9443909 100644
--- a/kernel/rcu/tree.c
+++ b/kernel/rcu/tree.c
@@ -1200,7 +1200,7 @@ static bool rcu_start_this_gp(struct rcu_node *rnp_start, struct rcu_data *rdp,
 	trace_rcu_this_gp(rnp, rdp, gp_seq_req, TPS("Startedroot"));
 	WRITE_ONCE(rcu_state.gp_flags, rcu_state.gp_flags | RCU_GP_FLAG_INIT);
-	rcu_state.gp_req_activity = jiffies;
+	WRITE_ONCE(rcu_state.gp_req_activity, jiffies);
 	if (!rcu_state.gp_kthread) {
 		trace_rcu_this_gp(rnp, rdp, gp_seq_req, TPS("NoGPkthread"));
 		goto unlock_out;
@@ -1775,7 +1775,7 @@ static void rcu_gp_cleanup(void)
 	if ((offloaded || !rcu_accelerate_cbs(rnp, rdp)) && needgp) {
 		WRITE_ONCE(rcu_state.gp_flags, RCU_GP_FLAG_INIT);
-		rcu_state.gp_req_activity = jiffies;
+		WRITE_ONCE(rcu_state.gp_req_activity, jiffies);

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