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SubjectRe: [linux-usb-devel] Re: Linux 2.6.16-rc3
On Wed, Feb 15, 2006 at 11:07:32AM -0500, Alan Stern wrote:
> On Tue, 14 Feb 2006, James Bottomley wrote:
>
> > On Mon, 2006-02-13 at 12:38 -0800, Greg KH wrote:
> > > > - Nasty warnings from scsi about kobject-layer things being called
> > > from
> > > > irq context. James has a push-it-to-process-context patch which
> > > sadly
> > > > assumes kmalloc() is immortal, but no other fix seems to have
> > > offered
> > > > itself.
> > >
> > > This has been the case for a long time. I don't really think there is
> > > a
> > > rush to get this fixed, but I really like James's proposed patch.
> > > It's
> > > up to him if he feels it is ready for 2.6.16 or not.
> >
> > Well, I can't solve the problem that it requires memory allocation from
> > IRQ context to operate. Based on that, it's an unsafe interface. I'm
> > going to put it inside SCSI for 2.6.16, since it's better than what we
> > have now, but I don't think we can export it globally.
>
> Could we perhaps make this safer and more general?
>
> For instance, add to struct device a "pending puts" counter and a list
> header (both protected by a global spinlock), and have a kernel thread
> periodically check the list, doing put_device wherever needed. How does
> that sound?

Sounds like a garbage collector :)

Nah, I don't think it's a good idea. James's patch should work just
fine.

thanks,

greg k-h
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