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[Cluster-devel] Re: [PATCH 2/2] configfs: Rework configfs_depend_item() locking and make lockdep happy

On Wed, Jan 28, 2009 at 07:18:33PM +0100, Louis Rilling wrote:
> configfs_depend_item() recursively locks all inodes mutex from configfs root to
> the target item, which makes lockdep unhappy. The purpose of this recursive
> locking is to ensure that the item tree can be safely parsed and that the target
> item, if found, is not about to leave.
> This patch reworks configfs_depend_item() locking using configfs_dirent_lock.
> Since configfs_dirent_lock protects all changes to the configfs_dirent tree, and
> protects tagging of items to be removed, this lock can be used instead of the
> inodes mutex lock chain.
> This needs that the check for dependents be done atomically with

	These patches are now in the 'lockdep' branch of the configfs
tree.  I'm planning to send them in the next merge window.  I've made
one change.

> + * Note: items in the middle of attachment start with s_type = 0
> + * (configfs_new_dirent()), and configfs_make_dirent() (called from
> + * create_dir()) sets s_type = CONFIGFS_DIR|CONFIGFS_USET_CREATING. In both
> + * cases the item is ignored. Since s_type is an int, we rely on the CPU to
> + * atomically update the value, without making configfs_make_dirent() take
> + * configfs_dirent_lock.

	I've added configfs_dirent_lock in configfs_make_dirent(),
because it is not safe at all to rely on the fact that s_type is an int.
It's an atomic set on one CPU, but there's no guarantee that it's seen
correctly on other CPUs.  Plus, there's no real need for speed here.  So
we properly take configfs_dirent_lock around s_type in
configfs_make_dirent(), and that ensures we see things correctly on SMP.



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Joel Becker
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