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SubjectRe: [PATCH 05/26] omap3isp: Make isp_video_buffer_prepare_user() use get_user_pages_fast()
On Wed 02-10-13 21:41:10, Laurent Pinchart wrote:
> Hi Jan,
>
> Thank you for the patch.
>
> On Wednesday 02 October 2013 16:27:46 Jan Kara wrote:
> > CC: Laurent Pinchart <laurent.pinchart@ideasonboard.com>
> > CC: linux-media@vger.kernel.org
> > Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
>
> Acked-by: Laurent Pinchart <laurent.pinchart@ideasonboard.com>
Thanks!
>
> Could you briefly explain where you're headed with this ?
My motivation is that currently filesystems have to workaround locking
problems with ->page_mkwrite() (the write page fault handler) being called
with mmap_sem held. The plan is to provide ability to ->page_mkwrite()
handler to drop mmap_sem. And that needs an audit of all get_user_pages()
callers to verify they won't be broken by this locking change. So I've
started with making this audit simpler.

> The V4L2 subsystem has suffered for quite a long time from potentiel
> AB-BA deadlocks, due the drivers taking the mmap_sem semaphore while
> holding the V4L2 buffers queue lock in the code path below, and taking
> them in reverse order in the mmap() path (as the mm core takes the
> mmap_sem semaphore before calling the mmap() operation).
Yeah, I've read about this in some comment in V4L2. Also there are some
places (drivers/media/platform/omap/omap_vout.c and
drivers/media/v4l2-core/) which acquire mmap_sem pretty early to avoid lock
inversion with the queue lock. These are actually causing me quite some
headache :)

> We've solved that by releasing the V4L2 buffers queue lock before
> taking the mmap_sem lock below and taking it back after releasing the mmap_sem
> lock. Having an explicit indication that the mmap_sem lock was taken helped
> keeping the problem in mind. I'm not against hiding it in
> get_user_pages_fast(), but I'd like to know what the next step is. Maybe it
> would also be worth it adding a /* get_user_pages_fast() takes the mmap_sem */
> comment before the call ?
OK, I can add the comment. Thanks for review.

Honza

> > ---
> > drivers/media/platform/omap3isp/ispqueue.c | 10 +++-------
> > 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/drivers/media/platform/omap3isp/ispqueue.c
> > b/drivers/media/platform/omap3isp/ispqueue.c index
> > e15f01342058..bed380395e6c 100644
> > --- a/drivers/media/platform/omap3isp/ispqueue.c
> > +++ b/drivers/media/platform/omap3isp/ispqueue.c
> > @@ -331,13 +331,9 @@ static int isp_video_buffer_prepare_user(struct
> > isp_video_buffer *buf) if (buf->pages == NULL)
> > return -ENOMEM;
> >
> > - down_read(&current->mm->mmap_sem);
> > - ret = get_user_pages(current, current->mm, data & PAGE_MASK,
> > - buf->npages,
> > - buf->vbuf.type == V4L2_BUF_TYPE_VIDEO_CAPTURE, 0,
> > - buf->pages, NULL);
> > - up_read(&current->mm->mmap_sem);
> > -
> > + ret = get_user_pages_fast(data & PAGE_MASK, buf->npages,
> > + buf->vbuf.type == V4L2_BUF_TYPE_VIDEO_CAPTURE,
> > + buf->pages);
> > if (ret != buf->npages) {
> > buf->npages = ret < 0 ? 0 : ret;
> > isp_video_buffer_cleanup(buf);
> --
> Regards,
>
> Laurent Pinchart
>
--
Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
SUSE Labs, CR


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