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Date:   Tue, 10 Aug 2021 11:50:32 +0200
From:   Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <>
To:     Clark Williams <>
Cc:     Thomas Gleixner <>,
        Steven Rostedt <>,
        Dmitry Vyukov <>,
        Andrey Konovalov <>,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH PREEMPT_RT] kcov:  fix locking splat from

On 2021-08-09 15:59:09 [-0500], Clark Williams wrote:
> Saw the following splat on 5.14-rc4-rt5 with:
> Change kcov_remote_lock from regular spinlock_t to raw_spinlock_t so that
> we don't get "sleeping function called from invalid context" on PREEMPT_RT kernel.

I'm not entirely happy with that:
- kcov_remote_start() decouples spin_lock_irq() and does local_irq_save()
  + spin_lock() which shouldn't be done as per
  I would prefer to see the local_irq_save() replaced by
  local_lock_irqsave() so we get a context on what is going on.

- kcov_remote_reset() has a kfree() with that irq-off lock acquired.

- kcov_remote_add() has a kmalloc() and is invoked with that irq-off
  lock acquired.

- kcov_remote_area_put() uses INIT_LIST_HEAD() for no reason (just
  happen to notice).

- kcov_remote_stop() does local_irq_save() + spin_lock(&kcov->lock);.
  This should also create a splat.

- With lock kcov_remote_lock acquired there is a possible
  hash_for_each_safe() and list_for_each() iteration. I don't know what
  the limits are here but with a raw_spinlock_t it will contribute to
  the maximal latency. 

> Signed-off-by: Clark Williams <>


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