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SubjectRe: [PATCH] module: Fix race condition between load and unload module
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On Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 8:41 AM, Anatol Pomozov
<anatol.pomozov@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Does it make sense to move it to a separate function in kref.h?
>
> /** Useful when kref_get is racing with kref_put and refcounter might be 0 */
> int kref_get_not_zero(kref* ref) {
> return atomic_inc_not_zero(&kref->refcount);
> }

It turns out we have that, except it's called "unless_zero", because
it uses "atomic_add_unless(x,1,0)", rather than the simplified
"atomic_inc_not_zero(x)".

> or maybe instead change default behavior of kref_get() to
> atomic_inc_not_zero and force callers check the return value from
> kref_get()?

That would be painful, and _most_ users should have a preexisting
refcount. So it's probably better in the long run to just keep the
warning (but perhaps fix it to be SMP-safe). So I think the part of
your patch that made kref_get() use atomic_inc_return() is probably a
good idea regardless.

Also, I changed my patch to be minimal, and not change other users of
kobject_get(). So other users (not kset_find_obj()) will continue to
get the warning, and kset_find_obj() uses the safe version. So this is
what I'm planning on committing as the minimal patch and marking for
stable. The rest (including that atomic_inc_return() in kref_get)
would be cleanup.

Can you give this a quick test?

Linus
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