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SubjectRe: [PATCH, RFC] Remove fasync() BKL usage, take 3325
On 01/27, Andrew Morton wrote:
>
> On Fri, 23 Jan 2009 05:56:46 +0100
> Andi Kleen <andi@firstfloor.org> wrote:
>
> > On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 03:32:49PM -0500, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> > > On Thu, Jan 22, 2009 at 06:51:04AM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > > > OK, replacing a lock_kernel() with a spin_lock(&global_lock) is pretty
> > > > straightforwad. But it's really really sad. It basically leaves a great
> > > > big FIXME in there. It'd be better to fix it.
> > >
> > >
> > > Umm, we've been discussiong this in and out a guestimated million times.
> > >
> > > Let's go forward with Jon's patch which is on obvious improvement and
> > > if it shows problems later on we can revisit it.
> >
> > The point was that we already have a better patch from Oleg.
> >
>
> Where is this patch?

I didn't send the actual patch. The idea is,

can't we use O_LOCK_FLAGS bit? I agree, it is a bit ugly,
and I won't insist if you don't like is.

static inline int try_lock_f_flags(struct file *file)
{
return !test_and_set_bit(O_LOCK_FLAGS, file->f_flags);
}
static inline set_f_flags(struct file *file, unsigned int flags)
{
file->f_flags = flags & ~O_LOCK_FLAGS;
}
Now, nobody should change ->f_flags directly (except create/open
pathes. For example, ioctl_fionbio() should be changed:

if (try_lock_f_flags(filp)) {
if (on)
set_f_flags(filp, filp->f_flags | flag);
else
set_f_flags(filp, filp->f_flags & ~flag);
}
If try_lock_f_flags() fails we do nothing, as if the current owner of
O_LOCK_FLAGS changes ->f_flags after us.

and, from another message,

No need to disable preemption, we never spin waiting for the
lock bit. If it is locked - somebody else updates ->f_flags,
we can pretend it does this after us. This can confuse F_GETFL
after F_SETFL (if F_SETFL "fails"), but I think in that case
user-space is wrong anyway, it must not do F_GETFL in parallel.

I'll try to make the patch tomorrow, but the problem is that I am not
sure this is not too ugly. At least Jonathan dislikes this approach,
and I do understand him ;)

Oleg.



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