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

From: Louis Rilling
Date: Wed May 21 2008 - 08:54:48 EST

Peter Zijlstra a écrit :
> On Wed, 2008-05-21 at 12:25 +0200, Louis Rilling wrote:
>> Thanks for pointing this out.
>> Yes this could solve part of the issue, at the price of duplicating the
>> inode mutex class. However, this still does not solve the issue when
>> deleting config_groups, since in that case all nodes of the tree are
>> locked. Thinking about adding lockdep support for concurrent locking of
>> the direct children of a node in a tree...
> Why doesn't sysfs have this problem? - the code says configfs was
> derived from sysfs.

Perhaps because sysfs is driven from the kernel, where behaviors can be
controlled, while in configfs only userspace creates/removes directories.

> Also, do you really need to hold all locks when removing something?
> sound like a bit overdone. Also realise there is a maximum number of
> held locks - various people have already requested it to be increased or
> made dynamic. We're reluctant in doing so because we feel lock chains
> should not be of unlimited length. The deeper the chains the bigger the
> PI overhead etc..

I did not write configfs, so I can only observe that a whole inode tree
is locked when removing a directory hierarchy. I suspect that this is
intended to provide userspace and client sub-systems with some atomic

> As to modifying lockdep - it currently doesn't know about trees and
> teaching it about them isn't easy.

That was my guess.

Dr Louis Rilling Kerlabs
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