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SubjectRe: [RFC,PATCH 14/14] utrace core
On 12/08, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
>
> On Tue, 2009-12-08 at 16:04 +0100, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> >
> > Well, this is subjective, but I don't agree that
> >
> > get_task_struct(task);
> > task->utrace_flags = flags;
> > spin_unlock(&utrace->lock);
> > put_task_struct(task);
> >
> > looks better.
>
> No, what I mean by assymetric locking is that utrace_reset() and
> utrace_reap() drop the utrace->lock where their caller acquired it,
> resulting in non-obvious like:
>
> utrace_control()
> {
>
> ...
> spin_lock(&utrace->lock);
>
> ...
>
> if (reset)
> utrace_reset(utrace);
> else
> spin_unlock(&utrace->lock);
> }

Agreed, the code like this never looks good.

> If you take a task ref you can write the much saner:
>
> utrace_control()
> {
> ...
> spin_lock(&utrace->lock);
> ...
> if (reset)
> utrace_reset(utrace);
>
> spin_unlock(&utrace->lock);
> }

No, get_task_struct() in utrace_reset() can't help, we should move
it into utrace_control() then. And in this case it becomes even more
subtle: it is needed because ->utrace_flags may be cleared inside
utrace_reset() and after that utrace_control()->spin_unlock() becomes
unsafe.

Also. utrace_reset() drops utrace->lock to call put_detached_list()
lockless. If we want to avoid the assymetric locking, every caller
should pass "struct list_head *detached" to utrace_reset(), drop
utrace->lock, and call put_detached_list().

Oleg.



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