From: Rik van Riel on
On 03/30/2010 01:56 PM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-03-30 at 13:36 -0400, Rik van Riel wrote:
>> Increase the PREEMPT_BITS to 12, to deal with a larger number
>> of locks that can be taken in mm_take_all_locks or other places
>> where many instances of the same type of lock can be taken.
>> The overflow of PREEMPT_BITS should be harmless, since it simply
>> increments the counter into the SOFTIRQ_BITS, and the counter
>> will be decremented again later.
>> However, the overflow does lead to backtraces with CONFIG_PREEMPT_DEBUG
>> enabled.
>> Signed-off-by: Rik van Riel<riel(a)>
>> Reported-by: Kent Overstreet<kent.overstreet(a)>
>> ---
>> Kent, does this patch fix the issue you saw?
>> Peter, I know you do not like this approach. However, I could not
>> think of a way around mm_take_all_locks. We need to take those locks
>> and want to track that fact for lock debugging...
> Does this even boot? It tramples all over PREEMPT_ACTIVE for x86.

Awww nuts. I thought PREEMPT_ACTIVE used the same scheme of
adding shifts, but now I see it is hard coded on x86. Doh!

I'm guessing the best thing to do would be to remove the
PREEMPT_ACTIVE #define on x86 and use the one from hardirq.h?

> Also, you'll need to convince mingo and tglx too.. taking that many
> spinlocks is utter suckage..

No argument there. I can't think of an alternative to mm_take_all_locks
though. Andrea?
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