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SubjectRe: [patch 1/8] Kprobes - do not use kprobes mutex in arch code
* Christoph Hellwig (hch@infradead.org) wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 09:21:34PM -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> > Remove the kprobes mutex from kprobes.h, since it does not belong there. Also
> > remove all use of this mutex in the architecture specific code, replacing it by
> > a proper mutex lock/unlock in the architecture agnostic code.
>
> This is not very nice for avr32/sparc64 which have a noop arch_remove_kprobe
> and now need to take a mutex to do nothing. Maybe you can find a nice
> way to avoid that?
>
> Except for this issue making kprobes_mutex static to kprobes.c sounds like
> a good improvement.
>

Since only unregister_kprobe() calls arch_remove_kprobe(), and only
after having removed the struct kprobe from the kprobes list (while the
kprobes mutex is held), I wonder if there is any need to hold the
kprobes mutex at all when calling arch_remove_kprobe(). It turns out
that only get_insn_slot()/free_insn_slot() (which is in
kernel/kprobes.c, but called from arch specific code) seems to really
use protection of this mutex.

Would it make sense to protect the kprobe_insn_pages list with a
new kprobe_insn_mutex, nestable in the kprobe_mutex ?

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Mathieu Desnoyers
Computer Engineering Ph.D. Student, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal
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