powerpc: irq work racing with timer interrupt can result in timer interrupt hang

I am seeing an issue where a CPU running perf eventually hangs.
Traces show timer interrupts happening every 4 seconds even
when a userspace task is running on the CPU. /proc/timer_list
also shows pending hrtimers have not run in over an hour,
including the scheduler.

Looking closer, decrementers_next_tb is getting set to
0xffffffffffffffff, and at that point we will never take
a timer interrupt again.

In __timer_interrupt() we set decrementers_next_tb to
0xffffffffffffffff and rely on ->event_handler to update it:

        *next_tb = ~(u64)0;
        if (evt->event_handler)

In this case ->event_handler is hrtimer_interrupt. This will eventually
call back through the clockevents code with the next event to be

static int decrementer_set_next_event(unsigned long evt,
                                      struct clock_event_device *dev)
        /* Don't adjust the decrementer if some irq work is pending */
        if (test_irq_work_pending())
                return 0;
        __get_cpu_var(decrementers_next_tb) = get_tb_or_rtc() + evt;

If irq work came in between these two points, we will return
before updating decrementers_next_tb and we never process a timer
interrupt again.

This looks to have been introduced by 0215f7d8c53f (powerpc: Fix races
with irq_work). Fix it by removing the early exit and relying on
code later on in the function to force an early decrementer:

       /* We may have raced with new irq work */
       if (test_irq_work_pending())

Signed-off-by: Anton Blanchard <anton@samba.org>
Cc: stable@vger.kernel.org # 3.14+
Signed-off-by: Benjamin Herrenschmidt <benh@kernel.crashing.org>
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