[Make-wifi-fast] Fwd: regression: ath_tx_edma_tasklet() Illegal idle entry in RCU read-side critical section

Dave Taht dave.taht at gmail.com
Sun Dec 18 11:07:36 EST 2016

rcu makes my head spin.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Date: Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 7:59 AM
Subject: Re: regression: ath_tx_edma_tasklet() Illegal idle entry in
RCU read-side critical section
To: Gabriel C <nix.or.die at gmail.com>
Cc: lkml <linux-kernel at vger.kernel.org>, ath9k-devel at qca.qualcomm.com,
linux-wireless at vger.kernel.org, ath9k-devel at lists.ath9k.org,
netdev at vger.kernel.org, nbd at nbd.name, kvalo at qca.qualcomm.com

On Sun, Dec 18, 2016 at 02:52:48PM +0100, Gabriel C wrote:
> Hello,
> while testing kernel 4.9 I run into a weird issue with the ath9k driver.
> I can boot the box in console mode and it stay up sometime but is not usable.

Looks to me like someone forgot an rcu_read_unlock() somewhere.  Given that
the unmatched rcu_read_lock() appears in ath_tx_edma_tasklet(), perhaps
that is also where the missing rcu_read_unlock() is.  And sure enough,
in the middle of this function we have the following:

                fifo_list = &txq->txq_fifo[txq->txq_tailidx];
                if (list_empty(fifo_list)) {
                        ath_txq_unlock(sc, txq);

This will of course return while still in an RCU read-side critical
section.  The caller cannot tell the difference between a return here
and falling off the end of the function, so this is likely the bug.
Or one of the bugs, anyway.  Copying the author and committer for
their thoughts.

Please try the patch at the end of this email.

                                                        Thanx, Paul

> from dmesg :
> ===============================
> [ INFO: suspicious RCU usage. ]
> 4.9-fw1 #1 Tainted: G          I
> -------------------------------
> kernel/rcu/tree.c:705 Illegal idle entry in RCU read-side critical section.!
> other info that might help us debug this:
> RCU used illegally from idle CPU!
> rcu_scheduler_active = 1, debug_locks = 1
> RCU used illegally from extended quiescent state!
> 1 lock held by swapper/0/0:
>  #0:  (rcu_read_lock){......}, at: [<ffffffffa0ee0240>] ath_tx_edma_tasklet+0x0/0x460 [ath9k]
> stack backtrace:
> CPU: 0 PID: 0 Comm: swapper/0 Tainted: G          I     4.9-fw1 #1
> Hardware name: FUJITSU                          PRIMERGY TX200 S5             /D2709, BIOS 6.00 Rev. 1.14.2709              02/04/2013
>  ffff88043ee03f38 ffffffff812cf0f3 ffffffff81a11540 0000000000000001
>  ffff88043ee03f68 ffffffff810b7865 ffffffff81a55d58 ffff88043efcedc0
>  ffff88083cb1ca00 00000000000000d1 ffff88043ee03f88 ffffffff810dbfe8
> Call Trace:
>  <IRQ>
>  [<ffffffff812cf0f3>] dump_stack+0x86/0xc3
>  [<ffffffff810b7865>] lockdep_rcu_suspicious+0xc5/0x100
>  [<ffffffff810dbfe8>] rcu_eqs_enter_common.constprop.62+0x128/0x130
>  [<ffffffff810ddc78>] rcu_irq_exit+0x38/0x70
>  [<ffffffff81067ec4>] irq_exit+0x74/0xd0
>  [<ffffffff8101e561>] do_IRQ+0x71/0x130
>  [<ffffffff8158700c>] common_interrupt+0x8c/0x8c
>  <EOI>
>  [<ffffffff81472836>] ? cpuidle_enter_state+0x156/0x220
>  [<ffffffff81472922>] cpuidle_enter+0x12/0x20
>  [<ffffffff810ad23e>] call_cpuidle+0x1e/0x40
>  [<ffffffff810ad46d>] cpu_startup_entry+0x11d/0x210
>  [<ffffffff8157892c>] rest_init+0x12c/0x140
>  [<ffffffff81d02ec3>] start_kernel+0x40f/0x41c
>  [<ffffffff81d02120>] ? early_idt_handler_array+0x120/0x120
>  [<ffffffff81d02299>] x86_64_start_reservations+0x2a/0x2c
>  [<ffffffff81d02386>] x86_64_start_kernel+0xeb/0xf8


commit 5a16fed76936184a7ac22e466cf39bd8bb5ee65e
Author: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Date:   Sun Dec 18 07:49:00 2016 -0800

    drivers/ath: Add missing rcu_read_unlock() to ath_tx_edma_tasklet()

    Commit d94a461d7a7d ("ath9k: use ieee80211_tx_status_noskb where possible")
    added rcu_read_lock() and rcu_read_unlock() around the body of
    ath_tx_edma_tasklet(), but failed to add the needed rcu_read_unlock()
    before a "return" in the middle of this function.  This commit therefore
    adds the missing rcu_read_unlock().

    Reported-by: Gabriel C <nix.or.die at gmail.com>
    Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
    Cc: Felix Fietkau <nbd at nbd.name>
    Cc: Kalle Valo <kvalo at qca.qualcomm.com>
    Cc: QCA ath9k Development <ath9k-devel at qca.qualcomm.com>
    Cc: <linux-wireless at vger.kernel.org?
    Cc: <ath9k-devel at lists.ath9k.org>

diff --git a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/xmit.c
index 52bfbb988611..857d5ae09a1d 100644
--- a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/xmit.c
+++ b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/xmit.c
@@ -2787,6 +2787,7 @@ void ath_tx_edma_tasklet(struct ath_softc *sc)
                fifo_list = &txq->txq_fifo[txq->txq_tailidx];
                if (list_empty(fifo_list)) {
                        ath_txq_unlock(sc, txq);
+                       rcu_read_unlock();

Dave Täht
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