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SubjectRe: Fixing the tty layer was Re: any chance of 2.6.0-test*?
On Sun, Jan 12, 2003 at 09:59:15AM +0000, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > I've looked into this, and wow, it's not a simple fix :(

Oh, yes, I have spent hours and hours trying to untangle tty locking
and it isn't simple.

>
> it has to be fixed for 2.6, no argument.
>
> I took a look at it. I think the easiest strategy would be:
>
> - Make sure all the process context code holds BKL
> (most of it does, but not all - sometimes it is buggy like in
> disassociate_tty)
> I have some patches for that for tty_io.c at least

What does that BKL protect ? I can't seem to ever figure our if
all the races are plugged or not.

>
> The local_irq_save in there are buggy, they need to take
> a lock.

Also a locking model w.r.t. the serial drivers ?

>
> - Audit the data structures that are touched by interrupts
> and add spinlocks.
> At least for n_tty.c probably just tty->read_lock needs to be
> extended.
> Perhaps some can be just "fixed" by ignoring latency and pushing
> softirq functions into keventd
> (modern CPUs should be fast enough for that)
>
> - Possibly disable module unloading for ldiscs (seems to be rather broken,
> although Rusty's new unload algorithm may avoid the worst - not completely
> sure)
>
> Probably all doable with some concentrated effort.
>
> Anyone interested in helping ?

Yes, I would like to help out. I was hoping to help rewrite the whole
thing in 2.7, but it needs help *now*. Perhaps I can take your list
of things to do and fix them as a starting point ?

Thanks
Dipankar
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