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    Subject[PATCH] fbcon: fix race condition between console lock and cursor timer
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    So we've had a fair few reports of fbcon handover breakage between
    efi/vesafb and i915 surface recently, so I dedicated a couple of
    days to finding the problem.

    Essentially the last thing we saw was the conflicting framebuffer
    message and that was all.

    So after much tracing with direct netconsole writes (printks
    under console_lock not so useful), I think I found the race.

    Thread A (driver load) Thread B (timer thread)
    unbind_con_driver -> |
    bind_con_driver -> |
    vc->vc_sw->con_deinit -> |
    fbcon_deinit -> |
    console_lock() |
    | |
    | fbcon_flashcursor timer fires
    | console_lock() <- blocked for A
    |
    |
    fbcon_del_cursor_timer ->
    del_timer_sync
    (BOOM)

    Of course because all of this is under the console lock,
    we never see anything, also since we also just unbound the active
    console guess what we never see anything.

    Hopefully this fixes the problem for anyone seeing vesafb->kms
    driver handoff.

    Signed-off-by: David Airlie <airlied@redhat.com>
    ---
    drivers/video/console/fbcon.c | 6 +++++-
    1 file changed, 5 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

    diff --git a/drivers/video/console/fbcon.c b/drivers/video/console/fbcon.c
    index 2e471c2..f8a79fc 100644
    --- a/drivers/video/console/fbcon.c
    +++ b/drivers/video/console/fbcon.c
    @@ -372,8 +372,12 @@ static void fb_flashcursor(struct work_struct *work)
    struct vc_data *vc = NULL;
    int c;
    int mode;
    + int ret;
    +
    + ret = console_trylock();
    + if (ret == 0)
    + return;

    - console_lock();
    if (ops && ops->currcon != -1)
    vc = vc_cons[ops->currcon].d;

    --
    1.7.10.2


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