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SubjectRe: [greybus-dev] [PATCH] Staging: greybus: Fix spinlock_t definition without comment
On Fri, Apr 05, 2019 at 05:50:10PM -0500, Alex Elder wrote:
> On 4/5/19 3:53 PM, Dan Carpenter wrote:
> > On Fri, Apr 05, 2019 at 03:00:46PM -0500, Madhumitha Prabakaran
> > wrote:
> >> Fix spinlock_t definition without comment.
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Madhumitha Prabakaran <madhumithabiw@gmail.com>
>
> Madhumitha, the reason one would want a comment associated with
> a lock field in a structure is to get some understanding of why
> it's needed. Saying "protect structure fields" is not enough,
> because that can pretty much be assumed, so a comment like that
> adds no value.
>
> Looking at the code, you can see the lock field protects the
> connection's operations list. It also appears to be needed
> for accessing the state field (reading or updating).
>
> Given that, a better comment might be:
>
> spinlock_t lock; /* operations list and state */
>
> >> --- drivers/staging/greybus/connection.h | 2 +- 1 file changed, 1
> >> insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> >>
> >> diff --git a/drivers/staging/greybus/connection.h
> >> b/drivers/staging/greybus/connection.h index
> >> 5ca3befc0636..0aedd246e94a 100644 ---
> >> a/drivers/staging/greybus/connection.h +++
> >> b/drivers/staging/greybus/connection.h @@ -47,7 +47,7 @@ struct
> >> gb_connection { unsigned long flags;
> >>
> >> struct mutex mutex; - spinlock_t lock; + spinlock_t lock; /*
> >> Protect structure fields */ enum gb_connection_state state;
> >
> > What does the mutex do then? Why can't we just use the spinlock for
> > everything?
>
> The mutex needs to be held during enable and disable of a connection.
> Johan might be able to give you a more complete answer but these
> operations (or at least the enable) need to block, so can't hold a
> spinlock.

Yeah, I should have documented this at the time.

You're right that the connection spinlock protects the operation list,
and the mutex the connection state, but there are some other
dependencies here and I don't have time to look at this at the moment.

Better to leave as is, I'd say.

Johan

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