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SubjectRe: [patch 1/8] Immediate Values - Global Modules List and Module Mutex
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On Thu, Sep 06, 2007 at 04:02:29PM -0400, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> Remove "static" from module_mutex and the modules list so it can be used by
> other builtin objects in the kernel. Otherwise, every code depending on the
> module list would have to be put in kernel/module.c. Since the immediate values
> depends on the module list but can be considered as logically different, it
> makes sense to implement them in their own file.
>
> The alternative to this would be to disable preemption in code path that need
> such synchronization, so they can be protected against module unload by
> stop_machine(), but not being able to sleep within while needing such
> synchronization is limiting.

> --- linux-2.6-lttng.orig/kernel/module.c
> +++ linux-2.6-lttng/kernel/module.c
> @@ -64,8 +64,8 @@ extern int module_sysfs_initialized;
>
> /* List of modules, protected by module_mutex or preempt_disable
> * (add/delete uses stop_machine). */
> -static DEFINE_MUTEX(module_mutex);
> -static LIST_HEAD(modules);
> +DEFINE_MUTEX(module_mutex);
> +LIST_HEAD(modules);
> static DECLARE_MUTEX(notify_mutex);
>
> static BLOCKING_NOTIFIER_HEAD(module_notify_list);
> --- linux-2.6-lttng.orig/include/linux/module.h
> +++ linux-2.6-lttng/include/linux/module.h
> @@ -60,6 +60,10 @@ struct module_kobject
> struct kobject *drivers_dir;
> };
>
> +/* Protects the list of modules. */
> +extern struct mutex module_mutex;
> +extern struct list_head modules;

Rusty, do you still want to keep module_mutex virgin? If not, I can
backout /proc/*/wchan vs rmmod race fix et al and use muuuch simpler version.
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