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SubjectRe: [RFC] logdev debugging memory device for tough to debug areas
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On Tue, 2005-03-29 at 13:56 +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:

> > To have a task take back the ownership, I had the stealer call
> > task_blocks_on_lock on the task that it stole it from. To get this to
> > work, when a task is given the pending ownership, it doesn't NULL the
> > blocked_on at that point (although the waiter->task is set to NULL).
> > But this gives the race condition in pi_setprio where it checks for
> > p->blocked_on still exists. Reason is that I don't want the waking up
> > of a process to call any more locks. To solve this, I had to (and this
> > is what I don't like right now) add another flag for the process
> > called PF_BLOCKED. So that this can tell the pi_setprio when to stop.
> > This flag is set in task_blocks_on_lock and cleared in pick_new_owner
> > where the setting of blocked_on to NULL use to be.
>
> which locks are affected? I'd prefer the simplest solution. If there's
> more overhead with deadlock detection (which is a debugging feature),
> that doesnt matter much.

I've already covered the deadlock detection problems, and that didn't
add anymore overhead. That was just what kept breaking every time I
changed something ;-)

The overhead is caused by the pi_setprio knowing when to stop following
the chain of blocked processes. Since it can't check for p->blocked_on
== NULL anymore. I first had it check that or p->flags & PF_PENDOWNER,
but since the process waking up can happen at anytime without grabbing
any lock, this flag can be cleared as well as the blocked_on at the time
of this test. So I added another flag to p->flags to tell when the
process is locked and not pending ownership. I don't know yet if this
works, I have to run to an appointment now and I'll find out when I get
back.

Oh, and I disabled the deadlock check on the stolen case. So when a
pending owner goes back to blocked, right now it doesn't check the
deadlock, since the code uses current as the test, and that no longer
applies. So for now I have a test in task_blocks_on_lock to see if task
== current otherwise, don't check for deadlocks.

-- Steve


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