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    SubjectRe: BKL removal
    Greg KH wrote:
    > On Sun, Jul 07, 2002 at 03:42:56PM -0700, Dave Hansen wrote:
    >>BKL use isn't right or wrong -- it isn't a case of creating a deadlock
    >>or a race. I'm picking a relatively random function from "grep -r
    >>lock_kernel * | grep /usb/". I'll show what I think isn't optimal
    >>about it.
    >>"up" is a local variable. There is no point in protecting its
    >>allocation. If the goal is to protect data inside "up", there should
    >>probably be a subsystem-level lock for all "struct uhci_hcd"s or a
    >>lock contained inside of the structure itself. Is this the kind of
    >>example you're looking for?
    > Nice example, it proves my previous points:
    > - you didn't send this to the author of the code, who is very
    > responsive when you do.
    > - you didn't send this to the linux-usb-devel list, which is a
    > very responsive list.
    > - this is in the file drivers/usb/host/uhci-debug.c, which by
    > its very nature leads you to believe that this is not critical
    > code at all. This is true if you look at the code.
    > - it looks like you could just remove the BKL entirely from this
    > call, and not just move it around the kmalloc() call. But
    > since I don't understand all of the different locking rules
    > inside the uhci-hcd.c driver, I'm not going to do this. I'll
    > let the author of the driver do that, incase it really matters
    > (and yes, the locking in the uhci-hcd driver is tricky, but
    > nicely documented.)
    > - this file is about to be radically rewritten, to use driverfs
    > instead of procfs, as the recent messages on linux-usb-devel
    > state. So any patch you might make will probably be moot in
    > about 3 days :) Again, contacting the author/maintainer is
    > the proper thing to do.

    You are taking this example way too seriously. Thunder wanted an
    example and I grabbed the first one that I saw (I created it in the
    last hour). I showed you how I arrived at it, just a quick grepping.
    It wan't a real patch, only a quick little example snippet.

    > - even if you remove the BKL from this code, what have you
    > achieved? A faster kernel? A very tiny bit smaller kernel,
    > yes, but not any faster overall. This is not on _any_
    > critical path.

    How many times do I have to say it? We're going around in circles
    here. I _know_ that it isn't on a critical path, or saving a large
    quantity of program text. I just think that it is better than it was

    Dave Hansen

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