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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] kernel/workqueue: Surround work execution with shared lock annotations
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On Thu, 2018-10-25 at 15:05 +0000, Bart Van Assche wrote:
> Surround execution of work with a shared lockdep annotation because multiple
> work items associated with a work queue may execute concurrently.

Hmm. So, I'm not really entirely sure of the semantics here, but I fail
to see how "may execute concurrently" means "can be taken recursively"?

After all, if they execute concurrently, that's in a different thread,
right? So each thread is really just doing something with this work. It
may not match mutex semantics in how mutexes would lock each other out
and prevent concurrency, but I don't think that matters to lockdep at
all.

In fact, I'm not sure this actually changes anything, since you can't
really execute a work struct while executing one already?

What's this intended to change? I currently don't see how lockdep's
behaviour would differ with read==1, unless you actually tried to do
recursive locking, which isn't really possible?

Or perhaps this is actually the right change for the issue described in
patch 1, where a work struct flushes another work on the same wq, and
that causes recursion of sorts? But that recursion should only happen if
the workqueues is actually marked as ordered, in which case it *is* in
fact wrong?

johannes


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