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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Add kerneldoc for flush_scheduled_work()
On Wed, 12 Aug 2009, James Bottomley wrote:

> On Wed, 2009-08-12 at 14:16 -0400, Alan Stern wrote:
> > On Wed, 12 Aug 2009, James Bottomley wrote:
> >
> > > If it's a local lock, how would something someone else submitted to the
> > > queue, which would be out of scope, take this local lock? A local lock,
> > > by definition is local to the code scope you control.
> >
> > This can happen easily. Somebody else submits a work item to the
> > queue, the work routine calls one of your publicly exported functions,
> > and that function takes the local lock.
> Fine, so local means not exported and not usable by exported functions.

I'll accept that. However it means that the SCSI midlayer violates
your own locking rules with regard to the scan mutex. Whereas if
flush_scheduled_work() were avoided, the locking rules would not be

> > You can assure it by auditing the work routine's code. A single work
> > item involves a single function, plus whatever that function calls --
> > it is easily checked.
> >
> > You don't need to inspect every work item ever added to the queue, only
> > the one that you want to cancel.
> This is true, but not relevant to the documentation you were trying to
> add. You're advocating using cancel sync as a replacement for flush ...
> thus you have to cancel every pending piece of your work currently on
> the queue.

In most cases there is only one or two work items to cancel.

I'll stick my neck out even farther: In the majority of places where
flush_scheduled_work() is used in the kernel, cancel_work_sync() would
work just as well if not better, and it isn't used only because the
code was written before cancel_work_sync() existed (or before the
writer knew about it).

> My contention is that this means your rules for submission
> if you do this must be the same as they would be if you'd just called
> flush; making the advice moot.

The rules for submission are _not_ the same. With

Make sure that any lock you hold while flushing is private
and is not used (even indirectly) by any of your publicly
exported routines.

With cancel_work_sync():

Make sure that any lock you hold while cancelling is not
used (even indirectly) by the work routine being cancelled.

Alan Stern

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