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SubjectRe: tty_lock held during transmit wait in close: still unresolved
On Thu, May 26, 2011 at 01:59:22AM +0200, Andreas Bombe wrote:
> Short reminder/summary: Unlike the BKL, the tty_lock mechanism that
> replaced it does not release the lock while sleeping. This causes the
> tty_lock to be held for extended periods of time when uart_close()
> (running with tty_lock held) tries to flush the transmit buffer but is
> unable to do so.
>
> The result is that until the transmit flush completes by the remote end
> finally accepting the data or the driver timing out and giving up,
> pretty much all tty operations freeze. No programs can be started
> and for some reason X freezes for me. From a user viewpoint, the
> computer effectively locks up for that time.
>
> After I tracked the issue down to the tty_lock mechanism, I found some
> discussion on LKML about that from last November (thread starting here:
> http://lkml.kernel.org/r/4CCBCD8E.1020601@billauer.co.il ). However
> nothing has come of it, it appears, at least not in the official kernel.
>
> A minimalist way to trigger this issue is with a serial port that has
> nothing attached:
>
> stty -F /dev/ttyS0 crtscts
> echo >/dev/ttyS0
>
> The echo triggers a 30 second timeout on close while the driver is
> trying to flush the newline. Another way is developing an USB device
> with a virtual serial port and having it stop (by debugger or
> crash/lockup)...
>
> Any ideas on how to progress?

Can you try Linus's tree right now? A number of changes went in during
this merge window that might help out here I think.

thanks,

greg k-h


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