Re: [PATCH 1/4] module: implement module_inhibit_unload()

From: Tejun Heo
Date: Mon Sep 24 2007 - 21:42:45 EST

Rusty Russell wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-09-25 at 08:18 +0900, Tejun Heo wrote:
>>> Given your description of this tool as a "sledgehammer," might it not be
>>> easier to just take and hold module_mutex for the duration of the unload
>>> block?
>> That would be easier but...
>> * It would serialize users of the sledgehammer.
>> * It would block loading modules (which is often more important than
>> unloading them) when things go south.
> My concern is that you're dropping the module mutex around ->exit now.
> I don't *think* this should matter, but it's worth considering.

We always did that. Before the patch the code segment looked like the

/* Final destruction now noone is using it. */
if (mod->exit != NULL) {

> I really wonder if an explicit "kill_this_attribute()" is a better way
> to go than this...

I think this sort of temporary unload blocking would be useful for other
cases like this.


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