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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/5] Use mutex instead of semaphore in the Host AP driver


On Mon, 30 Jul 2007, Andrew Morton wrote:

> On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 19:09:38 +0200
> Michael Buesch <mb@bu3sch.de> wrote:
>
> > On Monday 30 July 2007, Satyam Sharma wrote:
> > >
> > > On Mon, 30 Jul 2007, Michael Buesch wrote:
> > >
> > > > On Sunday 29 July 2007 23:34, Matthias Kaehlcke wrote:
> > > > >
> > > > > @@ -902,7 +902,7 @@ static int hfa384x_set_rid(struct net_device *dev, u16 rid, void *buf, int len)
> > > > > /* RID len in words and +1 for rec.rid */
> > > > > rec.len = cpu_to_le16(len / 2 + len % 2 + 1);
> > > > >
> > > > > - res = down_interruptible(&local->rid_bap_sem);
> > > > > + res = mutex_lock_interruptible(&local->rid_bap_mtx);
> > > > > if (res)
> > > > > return res;
> > > > >
> > > >
> > > > Is res returned to userspace? If yes, that's not right.
> > >
> > > Yup, that's not right.
> > >
> > > > On a interrupted mutex allocation you should return
> > > > -ERESTARTSYS to userspace.
> > >
> > > Nope, userspace must not see ERESTARTSYS (I /think/ this is the third
> > > time I'm participating in this exact same discussion :-)
> > >
> > > If the return would be caught by a previous in-kernel caller in the
> > > call chain, ERESTARTSYS is okay and it could try to restart the
> > > operation. However, if the return goes unfiltered directly to
> > > userspace, EINTR is the correct choice.
> >
> > Last time I submitted a patch which returned EINTR to userspace,
> > people came and said it was wrong. It was said that we must
> > return ERESTARTSYS to the libc and the libc will convert that
> > into either EINTR or automatically restart it immediately.
> > (You can set that in the sigaction stuff).
> >
> > So either the one who told me that last time was wrong, or you. :)
> >
> > Andrew? I think you were involved in this discussion I mentioned.
> > (It was about the HW-RNG chardev, but that doesn't matter here).
>
> who, me? signals? Danger.
>
> yes, I think ERESTARTSYS is correct. That gets converted to -EINTR by the
> arch's signal handling code (not by glibc) just before we return to
> userspace.

Hmm? But the question is whether which of EINTR or ERESTARTSYS is correct
to be returned to userspace (so, EINTR).

But now that you pointed to the automagic ERESTARTSYS-to-EINTR conversion
in the arch/ code, I think there's no problem returning ERESTARTSYS from
syscalls in generic kernel code when interrupted by a signal either (if
all arch's do that conversion).

Probably makes sense to change down_interruptible() and
mutex_lock_interruptible() to return ERESTARTSYS (and not EINTR) in
that case. wait_event_interruptible() is already ERESTARTSYS, I see ...


Satyam
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