Re: Problems with SMP & ACPI powering off

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Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
On Friday, 28 September 2007 06:57, Len Brown wrote:
On Thursday 27 September 2007 18:00, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
On Thursday, 27 September 2007 23:29, Mark Lord wrote:
Question:  do we disable all CPUs except 0 when doing ACPI power off?
No, but we should.
We used to.
It is absolutely mandatory -- else it confuses the BIOS on some boards
b/c it isn't expecting SMM to get entered from other than cpu0.
Can we use the CPU hotplug for that, like in the suspend/hibernation case?
Well, so far it's working:  about ten poweroffs since I patched it,
and no issues with any of them.  Prior to that, it seemed like about
one in five poweroffs wouldn't (power off).

It'll take a lot more testing to confirm, though.

What can I call to determine if more than one CPU is enabled, anyway?

Here's the hack I'm using here, very situation (2 cores) specific,
and it still has some printk's leftover with a sleep so I have time
to read them before the lights go out.  :)

--- old/arch/i386/kernel/reboot.c	2007-09-27 17:17:00.000000000 -0400
+++ linux/arch/i386/kernel/reboot.c	2007-09-27 17:15:35.000000000 -0400
@@ -393,8 +393,22 @@
	.halt = native_machine_halt,

+static void kill_cpu1(void)
+	extern int cpu_down(unsigned int cpu);
+	printk(KERN_EMERG "kill_cpu1: was running on CPU%d\n", smp_processor_id());
+	/* Some bioses don't like being called from CPU != 0 */
+	set_cpus_allowed(current, cpumask_of_cpu(0));
+	printk(KERN_EMERG "kill_cpu1: now running on CPU%d\n", smp_processor_id());
+	cpu_down(1);
+	printk(KERN_EMERG "kill_cpu1: done\n");
+	msleep(1000);
void machine_power_off(void)
+	(void)kill_cpu1();

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