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SubjectRe: Kernel BUG due to kernel page fault
On 01/27/2012 10:30 PM, Johannes Berg wrote:
> Larry,
>
> On 1/26/2012 2:36 PM, Larry Finger wrote:
>> I am trying to convert the rtlwifi family of drivers to use asynchronous
>> firmware loading. With recent changes in udev, many problems are being
>> reported. See Bug 42632] at b.k.o.
>
> I'm not sure what caused your problem, but your email reminded me of an issue we
> had with asynchronous firmware loading that you may want to consider.
>
> When request_firmware_async() is called, it eventually calls the callback you
> give it. This may, however, be a long time later (I think the current default
> timeout is 1 minute). In the meantime, the module could be unloaded by the user,
> and then the system crashes as soon as the firmwaer code attempts to invoke the
> callback.
>
> To fix this, we have a completion in iwlwifi that some exit code path waits for
> to make sure this scenario doesn't happen.
>
> I think you should implement that.
>
> A better fix would probably be to make request_firmware_async() take a struct
> module * argument and pass THIS_MODULE to it, and make the firmware code handle
> this, but currently it doesn't.

Thanks for explaining why the completion queue is in iwlwifi. That was easy to
implement.

Larry



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