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@ 2008-02-20 21:34 Dmitry Adamushko
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From: Dmitry Adamushko @ 2008-02-20 21:34 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: Andrew Morton, linux-kernel
  Cc: Nick Piggin, Ingo Molnar, Rusty Russel, Paul E. McKenney,
	Peter Zijlstra, Andy Whitcroft

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could you please check whether this series makes any difference
on the 'permanent-pause-upon-power-off' issue you observed earlier?

You would also need to take along another fix (included below).
Although, I've sent it to you for -mm inclusion a few days ago.

And sure, remove that 'magic' msleep(1) thing in softlockup.c ::
cpu_callback() :-)

Thanks in advance.

[PATCH 1/2] kthread: add a missing memory barrier to kthread_stop()
[PATCH 2/2] kthread: call wake_up_process() whithout the lock being held


(this one is from Ingo's sched-devel tree)

softlockup: fix task state setting

kthread_stop() can be called when a 'watchdog' thread is executing after
kthread_should_stop() but before set_task_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE).

Signed-off-by: Dmitry Adamushko <>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>


diff --git a/kernel/softlockup.c b/kernel/softlockup.c
index 7c2da88..b0fdb49 100644
--- a/kernel/softlockup.c
+++ b/kernel/softlockup.c
@@ -216,26 +216,25 @@ static int watchdog(void *__bind_cpu)
 	/* initialize timestamp */
+	set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE);
 	 * Run briefly once per second to reset the softlockup timestamp.
 	 * If this gets delayed for more than 60 seconds then the
 	 * debug-printout triggers in softlockup_tick().
 	while (!kthread_should_stop()) {
-		set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE);
 		if (kthread_should_stop())
-		if (this_cpu != check_cpu)
-			continue;
-		if (sysctl_hung_task_timeout_secs)
+		if (this_cpu == check_cpu && sysctl_hung_task_timeout_secs)
+		set_current_state(TASK_INTERRUPTIBLE);
+	__set_current_state(TASK_RUNNING);
 	return 0;

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