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Date:   Fri, 1 May 2020 12:49:43 +0100
From:   Daniel Thompson <daniel.thompson@...aro.org>
To:     Douglas Anderson <dianders@...omium.org>
Cc:     Jason Wessel <jason.wessel@...driver.com>, sumit.garg@...aro.org,
        Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@...uxfoundation.org>,
        Jiri Slaby <jslaby@...e.com>,
        kgdb-bugreport@...ts.sourceforge.net, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-serial@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] kgdboc: Be a bit more robust about handling earlycon
 leaving

On Thu, Apr 30, 2020 at 09:59:09AM -0700, Douglas Anderson wrote:
> The original implementation of kgdboc_earlycon included a comment
> about how it was impossible to get notified about the boot console
> going away without making changes to the Linux core.  Since folks
> often don't want to change the Linux core for kgdb's purposes, the
> kgdboc_earlycon implementation did a bit of polling to figure out when
> the boot console went away.
> 
> It turns out, though, that it is possible to get notified about the
> boot console going away.  The solution is either clever or a hack
> depending on your viewpoint.  ...or, perhaps, a clever hack.  All we
> need to do is head-patch the "exit" routine of the boot console.  We
> know that "struct console" must be writable because it has a "next"
> pointer in it, so we can just put our own exit routine in, do our
> stuff, and then call back to the original.

I think I'm in the hack camp on this one!

 
> This works great to get notified about the boot console going away.
> The (slight) problem is that in the context of the boot console's exit
> routine we can't call tty_find_polling_driver().

I presume this is something to do with the tty_mutex?


> We solve this by
> kicking off some work on the system_wq when we get notified and this
> works pretty well.

There are some problems with the workqueue approach.

Firstly, its runs too early on many systems (esp. those that register
the console from a console initcall. kgdboc cannot find the tty, I think
because the console is registered a long time before the corresponding
tty comes up.

Secondly I am seeing warnings related to the tty_mutex where the
might_sleep() machinery ends up flushing the active workqueue.

[   39.298332] ------------[ cut here ]------------                             
[   39.298332] WARNING: CPU: 0 PID: 5 at kernel/workqueue.c:3033 __flush_work+00
[   39.298332] Modules linked in:                                               
[   39.298332] CPU: 0 PID: 5 Comm: kworker/0:0 Not tainted 5.7.0-rc3+ #47       
[   39.298332] Hardware name: QEMU Standard PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996), BIOS ?-204
[   39.298332] Workqueue: events kgdboc_earlycon_exit_work_fn           
[   39.298332] RIP: 0010:__flush_work+0x19c/0x1c0                               
[   39.298332] Code: 4c 8b 6d 20 e9 06 ff ff ff 41 c6 04 24 00 fb 45 31 f6 eb 8f
[   39.298332] RSP: 0018:ffff993500033dd0 EFLAGS: 00010246                      
[   39.298332] RAX: 0000000000000000 RBX: ffffffffadcd0720 RCX: 0000000000000001
[   39.298332] RDX: 0000000000000000 RSI: 0000000000000000 RDI: ffffffffadcd0820
[   39.298332] RBP: ffff8a633ec299c0 R08: 0000000000000000 R09: 0000000000000001
[   39.298332] R10: 000000000000000a R11: f000000000000000 R12: 00000000ffffffed
[   39.298332] R13: ffff8a633e408840 R14: 0000000000000000 R15: ffff8a633e408840
[   39.298332] FS:  0000000000000000(0000) GS:ffff8a633ec00000(0000) knlGS:00000
[   39.298332] CS:  0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 0000000080050033                
[   39.298332] CR2: ffff8a6333201000 CR3: 0000000032a0a000 CR4: 00000000000006f0
[   39.298332] Call Trace:                                                      
[   39.298332]  ? _cond_resched+0x10/0x20                                       
[   39.298332]  ? mutex_lock+0x9/0x30                                           
[   39.298332]  ? tty_find_polling_driver+0x134/0x1a0                      
[   39.298332]  configure_kgdboc+0x12d/0x1c0                                    
[   39.298332]  kgdboc_earlycon_exit_work_fn+0x1a/0x40                          
[   39.298332]  process_one_work+0x1d3/0x380                                    
[   39.298332]  worker_thread+0x45/0x3c0                                        
[   39.298332]  kthread+0xf6/0x130                                              
[   39.298332]  ? process_one_work+0x380/0x380                                  
[   39.298332]  ? kthread_park+0x80/0x80                                        
[   39.298332]  ret_from_fork+0x22/0x40                                         
[   39.298332] ---[ end trace 1190f578d6e11204 ]---                             
[   39.298338] KGDB: Unregistered I/O driver kgdboc_earlycon, debugger disabled 


Daniel.

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