Patchwork cpufreq fix timer teardown in ondemand governor (2.6.28.x,, 2.6.30-rc2)

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Submitter Mathieu Desnoyers
Date April 24, 2009, 4:38 a.m.
Message ID <20090424043809.GC8091@Krystal>
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Permalink /patch/19754/
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Mathieu Desnoyers - April 24, 2009, 4:38 a.m.
The problem is that dbs_timer_exit() uses cancel_delayed_work() when it should
use cancel_delayed_work_sync(). cancel_delayed_work() does not wait for the
workqueue handler to exit.

The ondemand governor does not seem to be affected because the
"if (!dbs_info->enable)" check at the beginning of the workqueue handler returns
immediately without rescheduling the work. The conservative governor in
2.6.30-rc has the same check as the ondemand governor, which makes things
usually run smoothly. However, if the governor is quickly stopped and then
started, this could lead to the following race :

dbs_enable could be reenabled and multiple do_dbs_timer handlers would run.
This is why a synchronized teardown is required.

The following patch applies to, at least, 2.6.28.x,, 2.6.30-rc2.

Signed-off-by: Mathieu Desnoyers <>
CC: Andrew Morton <>
CC: Ingo Molnar <>
CC: Ben Slusky <>
CC: Dave Jones <>
 drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq_ondemand.c |    5 ++++-
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)


Index: linux-2.6-lttng/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq_ondemand.c
--- linux-2.6-lttng.orig/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq_ondemand.c	2009-04-23 23:25:00.000000000 -0400
+++ linux-2.6-lttng/drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq_ondemand.c	2009-04-23 23:25:39.000000000 -0400
@@ -98,6 +98,9 @@  static unsigned int dbs_enable;	/* numbe
  * (like __cpufreq_driver_target()) is being called with dbs_mutex taken, then
  * cpu_hotplug lock should be taken before that. Note that cpu_hotplug lock
  * is recursive for the same process. -Venki
+ * DEADLOCK ALERT! (2) : do_dbs_timer() must not take the dbs_mutex, because it
+ * would deadlock with cancel_delayed_work_sync(), which is needed for proper
+ * raceless workqueue teardown.
 static DEFINE_MUTEX(dbs_mutex);
@@ -562,7 +565,7 @@  static inline void dbs_timer_init(struct
 static inline void dbs_timer_exit(struct cpu_dbs_info_s *dbs_info)
 	dbs_info->enable = 0;
-	cancel_delayed_work(&dbs_info->work);
+	cancel_delayed_work_sync(&dbs_info->work);
 static int cpufreq_governor_dbs(struct cpufreq_policy *policy,