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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/2] fix flush_workqueue() vs CPU_DEAD race
Hi Andrew,

Sorry, I am yet to check out Venki's and Oleg's patches as I
just returned from Vacation.

On Tue, Jan 02, 2007 at 04:27:27PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> I have a mental note that these:
> extend-notifier_call_chain-to-count-nr_calls-made.patch
> extend-notifier_call_chain-to-count-nr_calls-made-fixes.patch
> extend-notifier_call_chain-to-count-nr_calls-made-fixes-2.patch

These patches are needed because they allow us to send out the "failed"
notifications to only those subsystems that received the "prepare"
notifications earlier.

> define-and-use-new-eventscpu_lock_acquire-and-cpu_lock_release.patch
> define-and-use-new-eventscpu_lock_acquire-and-cpu_lock_release-fix.patch

These were posted inorder to have a common place where the subsystems
could lock their per-subsystem hotplug mutexes/semaphore from within the
cpu-hotplug-callback function. Hence they are needed IMO.

> eliminate-lock_cpu_hotplug-in-kernel-schedc.patch
> eliminate-lock_cpu_hotplug-in-kernel-schedc-fix.patch

These patches define and use a mutex to handle cpu-hotplug and eliminate
the use of lock_cpu_hotplug in sched.c. Hence they are still needed.

> handle-cpu_lock_acquire-and-cpu_lock_release-in-workqueue_cpu_callback.patch

Again, this one ensures that workqueue_mutex is taken/released on
CPU_LOCK_ACQUIRE/CPU_LOCK_RELEASE events in the cpuhotplug callback
function. So this one is required, unless it conflicts with what Oleg
has posted. Will check that out tonite.

> should be scrapped. But really I forget what their status is. Gautham,
> can you please remind us where we're at?

If all goes fine (w.r.t cpufreq and workqueue), eliminating
lock_cpu_hotplug from kernel/*.c should be relatively easy.<fingers crossed>

Thanks and Regards
Gautham R Shenoy
Linux Technology Center
IBM India.
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