On 04/11/2018 11:57 AM, Sebastian Andrzej Siewior wrote:
> This patch reverts commit c7f26ccfb2c3 ("mm/vmstat.c: fix
> vmstat_update() preemption BUG").
> Steven saw a "using smp_processor_id() in preemptible" message and
> added a preempt_disable() section around it to keep it quiet. This is
> not the right thing to do it does not fix the real problem.
> vmstat_update() is invoked by a kworker on a specific CPU. This worker
> it bound to this CPU. The name of the worker was "kworker/1:1" so it
> should have been a worker which was bound to CPU1. A worker which can
> run on any CPU would have a `u' before the first digit.

Oh my, and I have just been assured by Tejun that his cannot happen :)
And yet, in the original report [1] I see:

CPU: 0 PID: 269 Comm: kworker/1:1 Not tainted

So is this perhaps related to the cpu hotplug that [1] mentions? e.g. is
the cpu being hotplugged cpu 1, the worker started too early before
stuff can be scheduled on the CPU, so it has to run on different than
designated CPU?

[1] https://marc.info/?l=linux-mm&m=152088260625433&w=2

> smp_processor_id() can be used in a preempt-enabled region as long as
> the task is bound to a single CPU which is the case here. If it could
> run on an arbitrary CPU then this is the problem we have an should seek
> to resolve.
> Not only this smp_processor_id() must not be migrated to another CPU but
> also refresh_cpu_vm_stats() which might access wrong per-CPU variables.
> Not to mention that other code relies on the fact that such a worker
> runs on one specific CPU only.
> Therefore I revert that commit and we should look instead what broke the
> affinity mask of the kworker.
> Cc: Steven J. Hill <steven.h...@cavium.com>
> Cc: Tejun Heo <hte...@gmail.com>
> Cc: Andrew Morton <a...@linux-foundation.org>
> Signed-off-by: Sebastian Andrzej Siewior <bige...@linutronix.de>
> ---
>  mm/vmstat.c | 2 --
>  1 file changed, 2 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/mm/vmstat.c b/mm/vmstat.c
> index 33581be705f0..40b2db6db6b1 100644
> --- a/mm/vmstat.c
> +++ b/mm/vmstat.c
> @@ -1839,11 +1839,9 @@ static void vmstat_update(struct work_struct *w)
>                * to occur in the future. Keep on running the
>                * update worker thread.
>                */
> -             preempt_disable();
>               queue_delayed_work_on(smp_processor_id(), mm_percpu_wq,
>                               this_cpu_ptr(&vmstat_work),
>                               round_jiffies_relative(sysctl_stat_interval));
> -             preempt_enable();
>       }
>  }

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