[PATCH] ubi: check kthread_should_stop() after the setting of task state

Zhihao Cheng chengzhihao1 at huawei.com
Mon Aug 3 22:58:01 EDT 2020

在 2020/8/4 6:11, Richard Weinberger 写道:
> On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 4:01 AM Zhihao Cheng <chengzhihao1 at huawei.com> wrote:
>>> Hmm, I see the problem but I fear this patch does not cure the race completely.
>>> It just lowers the chance to hit it.
>>> What if KTHREAD_SHOULD_STOP is set right after you checked for it?
>> The patch can handle this case. ubi_thread will exit at
>> kthread_should_stop() in next iteration.
> How can it reach the next iteration?
> Maybe I didn't fully get your explanation.
> As far as I understand the problem correctly, the following happens:
> 1. ubi_thread is running and the program counter is somewhere between
> "if (kthread_should_stop())"
> and schedule()
> 2. While detaching kthread_stop() is called
> 3. Since the program counter in the thread is right before schedule(),
> it does not check KTHREAD_SHOULD_STOP
> and blindly calls into schedule()
> 4. The thread goes to sleep and nothing wakes it anymore -> endless wait.
> Is this correct so far?
Oh, you're thinking about influence by schedule(), I get it. But I think 
it still works. Because the ubi_thread is still on runqueue, it will be 
scheduled to execute later anyway.

op                                                    state of 
ubi_thread           on runqueue
set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE) TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE              Yes
if (kthread_should_stop()) // not satisfy 
         ttwu_do_wakeup TASK_RUNNING                       Yes

  // prev->state is TASK_RUNNING, so we cannot move it from runqueue by 
deactivate_task(). So just pick next task to execute, ubi_thread is 
still on runqueue and will be scheduled to execute later.

The test patch added mdelay(5000) before schedule(), which can make sure 
kthread_stop()->wake_up_process() executed before schedule(). Previous 
analysis can be proved through test.

@@ -1638,6 +1641,15 @@ int ubi_thread(void *u)
                     !ubi->thread_enabled || 
ubi_dbg_is_bgt_disabled(ubi)) {
+                       if (kthread_should_stop()) {
+                               set_current_state(TASK_RUNNING);
+                               break;
+                       }
+                       pr_err("Check should stop B\n");
+                       mdelay(5000);
+                       pr_err("delay 5000ms \n");

> Your solution is putting another check for KTHREAD_SHOULD_STOP before
> schedule().
> I argue that this will just reduce the chance to hit the race window
> because it can still happen
> that kthread_stop() is being called right after the second check and
> again before schedule().
> Then we end up with the same situation.

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