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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] lockdep: Introduce lock_acquire_might()
On Tue, Sep 05, 2017 at 09:22:39AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 05, 2017 at 11:29:13AM +0900, Byungchul Park wrote:
> > From the point of view of crossrelease, we can never be aware of the
> > release context in advance, until we get to the lock_release().
> > However, this way we cannot report deadlocks occured at the time.
> >
> > Sometimes, we want to report that kind of problems, taking a risk
> > generating false dependencies e.g. lock_acquire()s in workqueue code,
> > which inevitably generate false ones with all acquisitions in works.
> >
> > It would be better to provide another primitive, lock_acquire_might()
> > for that purpose so that lockdep internal can be aware of what users
> > expect and get chances to enhance to avoid false ones.
> >
> > The primitive should:
> >
> > 1. work as if it's trylock, since links between lock_acquire_might()
> > and later ones are only meaningful. Remind this should be used to
> > do what crossrelease commit does, in advance.
> >
> > 2. make acquisitions by lock_acquire_might() ignored on the commit.
> >
>
> Shees, talk about ugly... Also might-lock has a different meaning.

OK. The description should be modified. I think I failed to explain what
I intended. What do you think about the following, which I saied in
another thread?

If we use real acquisitions instead of 'might' for that speculative
purpose as the workqueue code currently does:

(1) All locks used in every work->func() generate false dependencies
with 'work' lockdep_map and 'wq' lockdep_map, while any flush works
are not involved. But, it's inevitable.

(2) Moreover, it also generates more false ones between the real
acquisitions. Of course, it can be avoidable if we force to use only
recursive-read for that purpose, which is not true for now.

(3) Moreover, it also generates more false ones between holding locks
and the real ones. Of course, the workqueue code is not the case for
now.

(4) Moreover, it also generates more false ones between the real ones
and a crosslock on commit, once crossrelease is able to work for
recursive-read things.

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