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    SubjectRe: lguest, Re: -mm merge plans for 2.6.23
    On Wed, 2007-07-11 at 19:28 -0700, David Miller wrote:
    > From: Rusty Russell <>
    > Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 11:21:51 +1000
    > > To do inter-guest (ie. inter-process) I/O you really have to make sure
    > > the other side doesn't go away.
    > You should just let it exit and when it does you receive some kind of
    > exit notification that resets your virtual device channel.
    > I think the reference counting approach is error and deadlock prone.
    > Be more loose and let the events reset the virtual devices when
    > guests go splat.

    There are two places where we grab task refcnt. One might be avoidable
    (will test and get back) but the deferred wakeup isn't really:

    /* We cache one process to wakeup: helps for batching & wakes outside locks. */
    void set_wakeup_process(struct lguest *lg, struct task_struct *p)
    if (p == lg->wake)

    if (lg->wake) {
    lg->wake = p;
    if (lg->wake)

    We drop the lock after I/O, and then do this wakeup. Meanwhile the
    other task might have exited.

    I could get rid of it, but I don't think there's anything wrong with the


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