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SubjectRe: [PATCH rc1-mm3] timers: simplify locking
Andrew Morton wrote:
>
> Oleg Nesterov <oleg@tv-sign.ru> wrote:
> >
> > This is the last one, I promise.
> > On top of "[PATCH rc1-mm3] timers: kill timer_list->lock", see
> > http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-kernel&m=111193319932543
>
> I thought that earlier patch was a bit weird

A bit weird, or too weird to be acceptable?

I am very much interested in your and others opinion. You do not like
this fake_timer_base or you don't like the idea that the timer is always
locked through timer_base() ?

These 2 patches should be cleanuped of course.

struct XXX {
spinlock_t lock;
timer_list *running_timer;
};

struct XXX fake_timer_base;

struct tvec_t_base_s {
struct XXX xxx;

long timer_jiffies;
tvec_t tv1;
...
}

struct timer_list {
...
struct XXX *_base;
}

So tvec_t_base_s is used only in __mod_timer() for new_base. This cleanup
would be trivial and without changes in timer.o.

However this global fake_timer_base is really neccessary for this patch and
it is really wierd.

But I like the fact that __mod_timer() takes 2 locks sequentially instead
of 3 at once.

> and I think it would be better
> to get to the bottom of these problems which people have been reporting in
> the 2.6.12-rc1-mm3 timer code before adding more things, don't you?

I just can't imagine how this "del_timer_sync instead of del_singleshot_timer
in schedule_timeout" can reveal any bug in these patches. del_singleshot_timer
calls del_timer_sync anyway when the timer is inactive. The only difference
is that now schedule_timeout()->del_timer_sync() actually deletes this timer
when the caller was waken by a signal/event. And that deletion is very simple,
it just "can't be wrong", and it adds LIST_POISON to timer->entry.

But you are right of course. It is better to forget about these new patches
for a while.

Oleg.
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