[PATCH], issue EOI to APIC prior to calling crash_kexec in die_nmi path
mingo at elte.hu
Wed Feb 6 19:39:18 EST 2008
* Eric W. Biederman <ebiederm at xmission.com> wrote:
> Looking at the patch the local_irq_enable() is totally bogus. As soon
> was we hit machine_crash_shutdown the first thing we do is disable
> I'm wondering if someone was using the switch cpus on crash patch that
> was floating around. That would require the ipis to work.
> I don't know if nmi_exit makes sense. There are enough layers of
> abstraction in that piece of code I can't quickly spot the part that
> is banging the hardware.
> The location of nmi_exit in the patch is clearly wrong. crash_kexec
> is a noop if we don't have a crash kernel loaded (and if we are not
> the first cpu into it), so if we don't execute the crash code
> something weird may happen. Further the code is just more
> maintainable if that kind of code lives in machine_crash_shutdown.
nmi_exit() has no hw effects - it's just our own bookeeping.
the hw knows that we finished the NMI when we do an iret. Perhaps that's
the bug or side-effect that made the difference: via enabling irqs we
get an irq entry, and that does an iret and clears the NMI nested state
- allowing the kexec context to proceed? I suspect kexec() will do an
iret eventually (at minimum in the booted up kernel's context) - all
NMIs are blocked up to that point and maybe the APIC doesnt really like
being frobbed in that state? In any case, the local_irq_enable() is just
wrong - it's the worst thing a crashing kernel can do. Perhaps doing an
intentional iret with a prepared stack-let that just restores to
still-irqs-off state and jumps to the next instruction could 'exit' the
NMI context without really having to exit it in the kernel code flow?
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