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SubjectRe: [PATCH -mm] PM: Prevent frozen user mode helpers from failing the freezing of tasks (rev. 2)
On 07/03, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
>
> On Tue, 2007-06-26 at 00:27 +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > > > case PM_HIBERNATION_PREPARE:
> > > > case PM_SUSPEND_PREPARE:
> > > > usermodehelper_disabled = 1;
> > > > - return NOTIFY_OK;
> > > > + smp_mb();
> > >
> > > usermodehelper_disabled should be atomic variable, too, so we don't
> > > have to play these ugly tricks by hand? This should not be
> > > performance-critical, right?
> >
> > Well, I think we'd need to add the barriers anyway.
> >
> > The problem, as far as I understand it, is that the instructions can
> > get
> > reordered if there are no barriers in there.
>
> That seems dodgy either way to me :-)
>
> Just use a spinlock.

Actually, spinlock_t is not suitable. Because spin_unlcok() does NOT imply
mb(). The subsequent wait_event_timeout()->atomic_read() may leak into the
critical section.

We can use set_mb(), if we don't want to play with smp_mb() by hand :)

Oleg.

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