Re: [RFC][PATCH 0/3] configfs: Make nested default groupslockdep-friendly

From: Joel Becker
Date: Tue May 20 2008 - 17:57:44 EST

On Tue, May 20, 2008 at 09:58:10AM -0700, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> On Tue, 20 May 2008 18:33:20 +0200
> Louis Rilling <Louis.Rilling@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > The following patches fix lockdep warnings resulting from (correct)
> > recursive locking in configfs.
> >
> > ...
> >
> > Since lockdep does not handle such correct recursion, the idea is to
> > insert lockdep_off()/lockdep_on() for inode mutexes as soon as the
> > level of recursion of the I_MUTEX_PARENT -> I_MUTEX_CHILD dependency
> > pattern increases.
> I'm... not entirely happy with such a solution ;(
> there must be a better one.

We're trying to find it. I really appreciate Louis taking the
time to approach the issue. His first pass was to add 1 to MUTEX_CHILD
for each level of recursion. This has a very tight limit (4 or 5
levels), but probably covers all users that exist and perhaps all that
ever will exist. However, it means passing the lockdep annotation level
throughout the entire call chain across multiple files. It was
definitely less readable.
This approach takes a different tack - it's very readable, but
it assumes that the currently correct locking will always remain so - a
particular invariant that lockdep exists to verify :-)
Louis, what about sticking the recursion level on
configfs_dirent? That is, you could add sd->s_level and then use it
when needed. THis would hopefully avoid having to pass the level as an
argument to every function. Then we can go back to your original
scheme. If they recurse too much and hit the lockdep limit, just rewind
everything and return -ELOOP.



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Joel Becker
Principal Software Developer
E-mail: joel.becker@xxxxxxxxxx
Phone: (650) 506-8127
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