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SubjectRe: [PATCH] make-cancel_rearming_delayed_work-reliable-fix
On 05/07, Jarek Poplawski wrote:
> There is a lot of new things in the final version of this
> patch. I guess, there was no such problem in the previous
> version.

No, this is basically the same patch + re-check-cwq-after-lock,
the latter is mostly needed to prevent racing with CPU-hotplug.

> I can also see you have new doubts about usefulness, which
> I cannot understand:
> - even if there are some slowdowns, where does it matter?
> - the "old" method uses only one method of cancelling, i.e.
> del_timer, not trying to stop requeuing or to remove from
> the queue; it seems to be effective only with long delayed
> timers, and its real problems are probably mostly invisible.

The slowdown is small, changelog mentions it just to be "fair".

I am not happy with the complication this patch adds, mostly
I hate this smb_wmb() in insert_work(). I have an idea how to
remove it later, but this needs another patch not related to

> BTW, I'm still not convinced all additions are needed:
> the "old" cancel_rearming_ doesn't care about checking
> or waiting on anything after del_timer positive.

It would be very strange to do wait_on_work() only in case
when del_timer() failed. This way we still need to do
cancel_work_sync() after cancel_rearming_delayed_work(),
but only when del_timer() failed, ugly. Note also that
wait_on_work() does not sleep if work->func() is not running.

Also, consider this callback:

void work_handler(struct work_struct *w)
struct delayed_work dw = container_of(...);

queue_delayed_work(dw, delay);

// <------------- cancel_rearming_delayed_work()

queue_delayed_work(dw, another_delay);

Yes, this is strange and ugly. But correct! The current version
(before this patch) can't cancel this delayed_work. The new
implementation works correctly. So I think it is far better to
do wait_on_work() unconditionally.

> PS: I'll try to check this all in the evening and will
> write tomorrow, if found something interesting.

Yes, please!


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