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SubjectRe: [PATCH] PM / wakeup: show wakeup sources stats in sysfs
On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 06:33:08PM -0700, Tri Vo wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 25, 2019 at 6:12 PM Greg KH <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org> wrote:
> > > +static ssize_t wakeup_source_count_show(struct wakeup_source *ws,
> > > + struct wakeup_source_attribute *attr,
> > > + char *buf)
> > > +{
> > > + unsigned long flags;
> > > + unsigned long var;
> > > +
> > > + spin_lock_irqsave(&ws->lock, flags);
> > > + if (strcmp(attr->attr.name, "active_count") == 0)
> > > + var = ws->active_count;
> > > + else if (strcmp(attr->attr.name, "event_count") == 0)
> > > + var = ws->event_count;
> > > + else if (strcmp(attr->attr.name, "wakeup_count") == 0)
> > > + var = ws->wakeup_count;
> > > + else
> > > + var = ws->expire_count;
> > > + spin_unlock_irqrestore(&ws->lock, flags);
> > > +
> > > + return sprintf(buf, "%lu\n", var);
> > > +}
> >
> > Why is this lock always needed to be grabbed? You are just reading a
> > value, who cares if it changes inbetween reading it and returning the
> > buffer string as it can change at that point in time anyway?
>
> Right, we don't care if the value changes in between us reading and
> printing it. However, IIUC not grabbing this lock results in a data
> race, which is undefined behavior.

A data race where? Writing to the value? How can that happen? All you
are doing is incrementing this variable elsewhere, what is the worst
that can happen?

thanks,

greg k-h

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