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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] smp/hotplug annotations
On Tue, 5 Sep 2017, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Tue, 5 Sep 2017, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
>
> > These two patches appear to make hotplug work again without tripping lockdep.
>
> They cover the case where the plug/unplug succeeds, but they will not work
> when a plug/unplug operation fails, because after a fail it rolls back
> automatically, so in case UP fails, it will go down again, but the
> initiator side still waits on the 'UP' completion. Same issue on down.
>
> I think that extra lockdep magic can be avoided completely by splitting the
> completions into a 'up' and a 'down' completion, but that only solves a
> part of the problem. The current failure handling does an automated
> rollback, so if UP fails somewhere the AP rolls back, which means it
> invokes the down callbacks. DOWN the other way round.
>
> We can solve that by changing the way how rollback is handled so it does
> not automatically roll back.
>
> if (callback() < 0) {
> store_state();
> complete(UP);
> wait_for_being_kicked_again()
> }
>
> and on the control side have
>
> wait_for_completion(UP);
>
> if (UP->failed) {
> kick(DOWN);
> wait_for_completion(DOWN);
> }
>
> It's not entirely trivial, but I haven't seen a real problem with it yet.

Now I found one. It's the multi instance rollback. This is a nested
rollback mechanism deep in the call chain. Seperating that one is going to
be a major pain.

Thanks,

tglx

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