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SubjectRe: simple handling of module removals Re: [OKS] Module removal

On Thu, Jul 04, 2002 at 01:48:59AM +0200, Daniel Phillips
<> wrote:

> Is it just the mod_dec_use_count; return/unload race we're worried about?
> I'm not clear on why this is hard. I'd think it would be sufficient just to
> walk all runnable processes to ensure none has an execution address inside the
> module.

That fails if:

the module function has called somewhere else in the kernel (and
with -fomit-frame-pointer, you can't reliably walk back up the stack
to find out if there is a stack frame higher up the stack which is in
the module);

the module has taken an interrupt into an unrelated driver;

we have computed a call into the module but haven't actually executed
the call yet;


> For smp, an ipi would pick up the current process on each cpu.

Without freezing the other CPUs, that still leaves the race wide open.

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