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SubjectRe: any chance of 2.6.0-test*?
Alan Cox <> writes:

> On Fri, 2003-01-10 at 16:10, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> > Any specific concerns/issues/wishlist items you want taken care of
> > before doing it or is it a "generalized comfort level" kind of thing?
> > Let me know, I'd be much obliged for specific directions to move in.
> IDE is all broken still and will take at least another three months to
> fix - before we get to 'improve'. The entire tty layer locking is terminally

Can you quickly summarize what is broken with IDE ?

Are just some low level drivers broken or are there some generic
nasty problems.

If it is just some broken low level drivers I guess they can
be marked dangerous or CONFIG_EXPERIMENTAL.

How does it differ from the code that was just merged into 2.4.21pre3
(has the later all the problems fixed?)

> broken and nobody has even started fixing it. Just try a mass of parallel
> tty/pty activity . It was problematic before, pre-empt has taken it to dead,
> defunct and buried.

Can someone shortly describe what is the main problem with TTY?

From what I can see the high level tty code mostly takes lock_kernel
before doing anything.
On reads access to file->private_data is not serialized, but it at
least shouldn't go away because VFS takes care of struct file
reference counting.

The tty_drivers list does seem to need a spinlock, but I guess
just taking lock_kernel in tty_open would fix that for now.

[i didn't look at low level ldiscs]

Any particular test cases that break ?

If yes I would recommend to post them as scripts and their oopses so
that people can start working on them.

The appended untested patch adds some lock_kernel()s that appear to be missing
to tty_io.c. The rest seems to already run under BKL or not access
any global data
(except tty_paranoia_check, but is probably ok with the reference counting
in the VFS)

> Most of the drivers still don't build either.

In UP most did last time I tried.
On SMP a lot of problems are caused by the cli removal

My personal (i386) problem list is relatively short.
I use used 2.5.54 on my desktop without any problems (without preempt)

- BIO still oopses when XFS tries replay a log on RAID-0


--- linux-2.5.56-work/drivers/char/tty_io.c-o 2003-01-02 05:13:12.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-2.5.56-work/drivers/char/tty_io.c 2003-01-11 13:23:15.000000000 +0100
@@ -1329,6 +1329,8 @@
int major, minor;
struct tty_driver *driver;

+ lock_kernel();
/* find a device that is not in use. */
retval = -1;
for ( major = 0 ; major < UNIX98_NR_MAJORS ; major++ ) {
@@ -1340,6 +1342,8 @@
if (!init_dev(device, &tty)) goto ptmx_found; /* ok! */
+ unlock_kernel();
return -EIO; /* no free ptys */
set_bit(TTY_PTY_LOCK, &tty->flags); /* LOCK THE SLAVE */
@@ -1357,6 +1361,8 @@
#endif /* CONFIG_UNIX_98_PTYS */

+ lock_kernel();
retval = init_dev(device, &tty);
if (retval)
return retval;
@@ -1389,6 +1395,8 @@

+ unlock_kernel();
if (retval != -ERESTARTSYS)
return retval;
if (signal_pending(current))
@@ -1397,6 +1405,7 @@
* Need to reset f_op in case a hangup happened.
+ lock_kernel();
filp->f_op = &tty_fops;
goto retry_open;
@@ -1424,6 +1433,7 @@
+ unlock_kernel();
return 0;

@@ -1444,8 +1454,13 @@
if (tty_paranoia_check(tty, filp->f_dentry->d_inode->i_rdev, "tty_poll"))
return 0;

- if (tty->ldisc.poll)
- return (tty->ldisc.poll)(tty, filp, wait);
+ if (tty->ldisc.poll) {
+ int ret;
+ lock_kernel();
+ ret = (tty->ldisc.poll)(tty, filp, wait);
+ unlock_kernel();
+ return ret;
+ }
return 0;

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