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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH] remote: Prevent race when closing a connection

On 03/15/2013 12:28 AM, Eric Blake wrote:
-    if (conn->closeFreeCallback)
+    if (conn->closeCallback)
+        conn->closeCallback = NULL;

The if is pointless.  Just blindly set conn->closeCallback to NULL.

+    if (conn->closeFreeCallback) {
+        conn->closeFreeCallback = NULL;
+        conn->closeOpaque = NULL;

Clearing conn->closeOpaque is pointless; it is only ever used depending
on conn->closeFreeCallback, and leaving it non-NULL doesn't hurt.

I know, and didn't do it initially, but then wanted to make it common
with the callback deregistering code. And a small portion of paranoia
doesn't hurt as I have come to learn.

...Wouldn't it be better to stash a copy of the callback pointer while
the mutex is held, but avoid calling the callback until after the mutex
is unlocked?  Something like:

<TYPE> cb = NULL;
void* opaque;
conn->closeDispatch = false;
if (conn->closeUnregisterCount != closeUnregisterCount) {
     cb = closeFreeCallback;
     opaque = closeOpaque;
if (cb)

maybe, but this is again common to the other places where the
freeing callback is invoked, i.e. within the lock.

Waiting for Dan's comments...


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