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SubjectRe: [PATCH, RFC] Remove fasync() BKL usage, take 3325
> On Thu, 15 Jan 2009 15:32:11 -0700 Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net> wrote:
> One of these years I've got to get this right. I've fixed the problem
> pointed out by Oleg where f_flags would get changed even if fasync()
> fails.
>
> I have also taken out the ABI change. CCing the linux-api list because
> I still think it's not quite right; fcntl() should not silently let
> applications set the FASYNC flag if the underlying driver/filesystem
> does not support it. But that's How We've Always Done It, and one
> messes with such things at great risk. If we want fcntl() to return an
> error in this case, it's an easy change.
>
> This one's against 2.6.29-rc1. If I don't hear screaming, I'll drop
> this one into linux-next.
>

scream.

>
> jon
>
> --
>
> Accesses to the f_flags member of struct file involve read-modify-write
> cycles; they have traditionally been done in a racy way. This patch
> introduces a global spinlock to protect f_flags against concurrent
> modifications.
>
> Additionally, changes to the FASYNC flag and resulting calls to
> f_op->fasync() need to be done in an atomic manner. Here, the BKL is
> removed and FASYNC modifications are protected with a mutex.
>
> Signed-off-by: Jonathan Corbet <corbet@lwn.net>
> ---
> drivers/char/tty_io.c | 5 +--
> fs/fcntl.c | 65 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----------
> fs/ioctl.c | 25 ++++---------------
> fs/nfsd/vfs.c | 5 +++-
> include/linux/fs.h | 17 +++++++++++++
> 5 files changed, 80 insertions(+), 37 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/drivers/char/tty_io.c b/drivers/char/tty_io.c
> index d33e5ab..8450316 100644
> --- a/drivers/char/tty_io.c
> +++ b/drivers/char/tty_io.c
> @@ -2160,13 +2160,12 @@ static int fionbio(struct file *file, int __user *p)
> if (get_user(nonblock, p))
> return -EFAULT;
>
> - /* file->f_flags is still BKL protected in the fs layer - vomit */
> - lock_kernel();
> + lock_file_flags();
> if (nonblock)
> file->f_flags |= O_NONBLOCK;
> else
> file->f_flags &= ~O_NONBLOCK;
> - unlock_kernel();
> + unlock_file_flags();

OK, replacing a lock_kernel() with a spin_lock(&global_lock) is pretty
straightforwad. But it's really really sad. It basically leaves a great
big FIXME in there. It'd be better to fix it.

We don't have a handy lock in struct file which could be borrowed.

- We could add one

- We could borrow file->f_path.dentry->d_inode->i_lock

- We could convert that field to long and use bitops (sounds nice?)

> return 0;
> }
>
> diff --git a/fs/fcntl.c b/fs/fcntl.c
> index cdc1419..ddd497d 100644
> --- a/fs/fcntl.c
> +++ b/fs/fcntl.c
>
> ...
>
> +/*
> + * Change the setting of fasync, let the driver know.
> + * Not static because ioctl_fioasync() uses it too.
> + */
> +int fasync_change(int fd, struct file *filp, int on)
> +{
> + int ret = 0;
> + static DEFINE_MUTEX(fasync_mutex);
> +
> + if (filp->f_op->fasync == NULL)
> + return -ENOTTY;
> +
> + mutex_lock(&fasync_mutex);
> + /* Can test without flags lock, nobody else will change it */
> + if (((filp->f_flags & FASYNC) == 0) == (on == 0))
> + goto out;
> + ret = filp->f_op->fasync(fd, filp, on);
> + if (ret >= 0) {
> + lock_file_flags();
> + if (on)
> + filp->f_flags |= FASYNC;
> + else
> + filp->f_flags &= ~FASYNC;
> + unlock_file_flags();
> + }
> + out:

column zero, please.

> + mutex_unlock(&fasync_mutex);
> + return ret;
> +}

It isn't completely obvious what fasync_mutex is protecting, why it exists.

A comment which explains this would be appropriate?




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