[PATCH] powerpc, kexec: Fix "Processor X is stuck" issue during kexec from ST mode

Srivatsa S. Bhat srivatsa.bhat at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Fri Jun 6 05:30:43 PDT 2014

On 06/04/2014 07:16 PM, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 04, 2014 at 08:09:25AM +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
>> On Wed, 2014-06-04 at 01:58 +0530, Srivatsa S. Bhat wrote:
>>> Yep, that makes sense. But unfortunately I don't have enough insight into
>>> why exactly powerpc has to online the CPUs before doing a kexec. I just
>>> know from the commit log and the comment mentioned above (and from my own
>>> experiments) that the CPUs will get stuck if they were offline. Perhaps
>>> somebody more knowledgeable can explain this in detail and suggest a proper
>>> long-term solution.
>>> Matt, Ben, any thoughts on this?
>> The problem is with our "soft offline" which we do on some platforms. When we
>> offline we don't actually send the CPUs back to firmware or anything like that.
>> We put them into a very low low power loop inside Linux.
>> The new kernel has no way to extract them from that loop. So we must re-"online"
>> them before we kexec so they can be passed to the new kernel normally (or returned
>> to firmware like we do on powernv).
> Srivatsa,
> Looks like your patch has been merged.
> I don't like the following change in arch independent code.
> /*
>  * migrate_to_reboot_cpu() disables CPU hotplug assuming  that
>  * no further code needs to use CPU hotplug (which is true in
>  * the reboot case). However, the kexec path depends on  using
>  * CPU hotplug again; so re-enable it here. 
>  */
>                cpu_hotplug_enable();
> As it is very powerpc specific requirement, can you enable hotplug in powerpc
> arch dependent code as a short term solution.

I didn't do that because that would mean that the _disable() would be
performed inside kernel/kexec.c and the corresponding _enable() would
be performed in arch/powerpc/kernel/machine_kexec_64.c -- with no apparent
connection between them, which would have made them hard to relate.

> Ideally one needs to fix the requirement of online all cpus in powerpc
> as a long term solution and then get rid of hotplug enable call.

Yes, I agree. I'm trying out a solution at the moment (see the 4
preliminary patches I sent in my reply to Ben). If that works, we won't
need the enable call on powerpc.

Srivatsa S. Bhat

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