PROBLEM alert - Host fas03 is DOWN

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at
Sat Sep 11 23:09:51 UTC 2010

On Sat, Sep 11, 2010 at 11:12, Jon Masters <jcm at> wrote:
> On Sat, 2010-09-11 at 11:40 -0500, Mike McGrath wrote:
>> On Sat, 11 Sep 2010, Jon Masters wrote:
>> > > The code in block/blk-core:338 contains an explicit check to ensure that
>> > > interrupts have been disabled, but this not true since blkif_interrupt
>> > > is not registered with IRQF_DISABLED set at the time of the setup in
>> > > bind_evtchn_to_irqhandler. Thus it might be that interrupts are still on
>> > > when we get to kick_pending_request_queues. Does this always happen?
>> > >
>> > > This perhaps happened because upstream removed IRQF_DISABLED and now
>> > > runs with interrupts disabled in handle_IRQ_event, so Xen won't see
>> > > this. But on 2.6.32 this change had not yet happened. It's also 2:50am
>> > > and I might be reading this wrong, but I at least suggest you open a
>> > > RHEL6 bug and try a more recent kernel build.
>> > Ah, of course I shouldn't email before bed. There's an obvious giant
>> > spin_lock_irqsave/restore there, but as noted on xen-devel (when they
>> > were mulling over moving all of the blkif_interrupt bits into a tasklet
>> > jut a couple of weeks ago): "It looks like
>> > returning with interrupts enabled sometimes". I pinged some folks.
>> Just so everyone else knows, I've set kernel.panic to 10 on these hosts so
>> at least they'll reboot when they panic.  Hopefully we can avoid a few
>> wake-and-reboot issues like we had last night :-/
> I pinged some folks about it last night. I would hope there will be a
> fix for that soon. I suspect it's reproducible on the 70+ kernels, but
> can you check that for us and update the BZ?

I have fas3 on a .71 kernel. Since they seem to occur at the same time
I have kept the others at older versions to see if it fixes or misses.
fas02 will reboot into a .71 if it needs to. I haven't done anything
to fas01 to keep it prime test grounds.

Stephen J Smoogen.
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