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    SubjectRe: [linux-usb-devel] [PATCH] back out sysfs reference count change

    > But that is impossible as has already been pointed out by Alan Stern.
    > If a module creates a kobject, how can the module_exit() function ever
    > be called if that kobject incremented the module reference count?

    I just had a loooong discussion with Rusty on that subject, it's
    indeed a nasty one. The problem is that the real solution is to
    change the module unload semantics. Regardless of the count, module
    exit should be called, and the actual unload (and eventually calling
    an additional module "release" function) then should only happen
    once the count is down to 0. That means that rmmod would block forever
    if the driver is opened, but that is just something that needs to be

    But that's not something we'll do for 2.6. For that to work, it also
    need various subsystem unregister_* (netdev etc...) functions to not
    error when the device is opened, just prevent new opens, and operate
    asynchronously (freeing data structures on kobject release) etc...

    > So what we do is any reference to the kobject grabbed by userspace
    > causes the module reference count to go up. That fixes the issue for
    > the most part (with the exception of the race that Maneesh has
    > documented.)

    Well.... Maybe, I still think it's dodgy, but probably fine for 2.6


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