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SubjectRe: [patch 2/2] kernel/timer.c: use debugobjects to catch deletion of uninitialized timers
Christine,

On Tue, 20 Sep 2011, akpm@google.com wrote:

> From: Christine Chan <cschan@codeaurora.org>
> Subject: kernel/timer.c: use debugobjects to catch deletion of uninitialized timers
>
> del_timer_sync() calls debug_object_assert_init() to assert that a timer
> has been initialized before calling lock_timer_base(). lock_timer_base()
> would spin forever on a NULL(uninit-ed) base. The check is added to
> del_timer() to prevent silent failure, even though it would not get stuck
> in an infinite loop.

Ok, that makes sense, but the changelog of the debugobjects code wants
a better explanation.

> +/*
> + * fixup_assert_init is called when:
> + * - an untracked/uninit-ed object is found
> + */
> +static int timer_fixup_assert_init(void *addr, enum debug_obj_state state)
> +{
> + struct timer_list *timer = addr;
> +
> + switch (state) {
> + case ODEBUG_STATE_NOTAVAILABLE:
> + if (timer->entry.prev == TIMER_ENTRY_STATIC) {
> + /*
> + * This is not really a fixup. The timer was
> + * statically initialized. We just make sure that it
> + * is tracked in the object tracker.
> + */
> + debug_object_init(timer, &timer_debug_descr);
> + return 0;
> + } else {
> + WARN_ON(1);
> + init_timer(timer);
> + return 1;

Can we please remove the WARN_ON() and use the return value in the
debugobjects code? That needs a variant of debug_print_object() to give us
proper state output.

Also the fixup function should check for timer->function == NULL and
set a default stub callback.

Thinking more about that, we should do the same for the
timer_fixup_activate() case.

Can you have a stab at that, please?

Thanks,

tglx


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