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SubjectRe: [PATCH 09/12] remove race between use and initialization of locks
On Tue, 26 Jun 2007 14:50:12 -0400 "Ed L. Cashin" <ecashin@coraid.com> wrote:

> This change was originally submitted by Alexey Dobriyan in an email
> with ...
>
> Message-ID: <20070325190221.GA5308@martell.zuzino.mipt.ru>
>
> and the comment,
>
> Some drivers do register_chrdev() before lock or semaphore used in
> corresponding file_operations is initialized.
>
> Andrew Morton commented that these locks should be initialized at
> compile time, but Alexey Debriyan pointed out that the Documentation
> tells us to use dynamic initialization whenever possible, and then the
> discussion petered out.
>
> http://preview.tinyurl.com/2pxq6p
>
> I believe we made these locks dynamic because of the notice in
> Documentation/spinlocks.txt, which says that static initializers are
> deprecated:
>
> UPDATE March 21 2005 Amit Gud <gud@eth.net>
>
> Macros SPIN_LOCK_UNLOCKED and RW_LOCK_UNLOCKED are deprecated and will be
> removed soon. So for any new code dynamic initialization should be used:

The document is inaccurate.

Yes, the use of SPIN_LOCK_UNLOCKED should be avoided because it breaks
lockdep. But it can be replaced with DEFINE_SPINLOCK: there is no need to
switch to runtime initialisation.



> ...
>
> In any case, the patch below makes the code correct and in keeping
> with the existing documentation. If the existing docs are wrong, I'd
> be happy to follow up with a patch that corrects them and makes these
> aoechr.c locks static.
>
> Signed-off-by: Alexey Dobriyan <adobriyan@gmail.com>
> Signed-off-by: Ed L. Cashin <ecashin@coraid.com>
> ---
> drivers/block/aoe/aoechr.c | 4 ++--
> 1 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/drivers/block/aoe/aoechr.c b/drivers/block/aoe/aoechr.c
> index 10b38a7..2b4f873 100644
> --- a/drivers/block/aoe/aoechr.c
> +++ b/drivers/block/aoe/aoechr.c
> @@ -256,13 +256,13 @@ aoechr_init(void)
> {
> int n, i;
>
> + sema_init(&emsgs_sema, 0);
> + spin_lock_init(&emsgs_lock);
> n = register_chrdev(AOE_MAJOR, "aoechr", &aoe_fops);
> if (n < 0) {
> printk(KERN_ERR "aoe: can't register char device\n");
> return n;
> }
> - sema_init(&emsgs_sema, 0);
> - spin_lock_init(&emsgs_lock);
> aoe_class = class_create(THIS_MODULE, "aoe");
> if (IS_ERR(aoe_class)) {
> unregister_chrdev(AOE_MAJOR, "aoechr");
> --
> 1.5.2.1
>
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