lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2010]   [Feb]   [11]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
Date
From
SubjectRe: Driver crash on kernel 2.6.32.7. Interaction between cx8800 (DVB-S) and USB HVR Hauppauge 950q
On Wed, Feb 10, 2010 at 10:34:56AM -0500, Andy Walls wrote:
> On Tue, 2010-02-09 at 22:12 -0500, Devin Heitmueller wrote:
> > On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 10:05 PM, Richard Lemieux <rlemieu@cooptel.qc.ca> wrote:
> > > Andy,
> > >
> > > This is a great answer! Thanks very much. When I get into this situation
> > > again
> > > I will know what to look for.
> > >
> > > A possible reason why I got into this problem in the first place is that I
> > > tried
> > > many combinations of parameters with mplayer and azap in order to learn how
> > > to use the USB tuner in both the ATSC and the NTSC mode. I will look back
> > > in the terminal history to see if I can find anything.
> >
> > I think the key to figuring out the bug at this point is you finding a
> > sequence where you can reliably reproduce the oops. If we have that,
> > then I can start giving you some code to try which we can see if it
> > addresses the problem.
> >
> > For example, I would start by giving you a fix which results in us not
> > calling the firmware release if the request_firmware() call failed,
> > but it wouldn't be much help if you could not definitively tell me if
> > the problem is fixed.
>
>
> For the oops analysis here:
>
> http://article.gmane.org/gmane.linux.drivers.video-input-infrastructure/15954
>
>
> I will also note that the file scope "fw_lock" mutex is rather
> inconsistently used in
> linux/drivers/base/fw_class.c:firmware_loading_store(). (I guess for
> not wanting to consume the timeout interval with sleeping?)
>
> The mutex protects "case 1:", but all other cases appear to be only
> protected by atomic status bit checks that can fall through to
> fw_load_abort() which complete()'s the fw_priv->completion.
>
> Also not that in the _request_firmware() this sequence is the only place
> a once good "fw_priv->fw" pointer is set to NULL:
>
> mutex_lock(&fw_lock);
> if (!fw_priv->fw->size || test_bit(FW_STATUS_ABORT, &fw_priv->status)) {
> retval = -ENOENT;
> release_firmware(fw_priv->fw);
> *firmware_p = NULL;
> }
> fw_priv->fw = NULL; <--------------- The only place it is set to NULL
> mutex_unlock(&fw_lock);
>
>
> So if the timeout timer fires at nearly the same time as udev coming in
> and say "I'm done loading" without holding the mutex, one can run into
> the Ooops. Not only that, I think the above code can leak memory under
> some circumstances when the "if" clause is not satisfied.
>
> I think this really is a firmware_class.c issue. I think the "just
> right" firmware loading timeouts and the particular computer system
> responsiveness, make this Ooops possible. However, I'm amazed that a
> single person has tripped it more than once.
>
> Revising the locking in linux/drivers/base/firmware_class.c should fix
> the problem.
>
> I don't believe this comment in the code now:
>
> /* fw_lock could be moved to 'struct firmware_priv' but since it is just
> * guarding for corner cases a global lock should be OK */
> static DEFINE_MUTEX(fw_lock);
>
> struct firmware_priv {
> char *fw_id;
> ...
>
> And since "f_priv" is dynamically created and destroyed by
> request_firmware() I see no harm in
>
> 1. moving the mutex into struct firmware_priv
> 2. just always just grabbing an almost never contended mutex
> 3. getting rid of the file scope fw_lock.
>
> except grabbing a mutex() while the timeout timer is running during
> loading, means one *could* sleep for a while consuming the timeout
> interval.

That sounds reasonable to me, care to make up a patch for this?

thanks,

greg k-h


\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2010-02-12 05:15    [from the cache]
©2003-2014 Jasper Spaans. Advertise on this site