Re: [PATCH] [mmotm v2] comment on swap notify locking constraints

From: Hugh Dickins
Date: Thu Jan 14 2010 - 13:50:39 EST

From: Nitin Gupta <ngupta@xxxxxxxxxx>

A block device makes swap_slot_free_notify() callback
when the last reference to a swap slot is dropped.

This callback is made under swap_lock and sometimes page table
lock. This is a note of warning for registered callback
function which must meet these constraints.

Signed-off-by: Nitin Gupta <ngupta@xxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <hugh.dickins@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I've added "sometimes " in the comment above and the comment below:
sorry, I should have made that clearer when I made this point.


include/linux/blkdev.h | 1 +
1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/linux/blkdev.h b/include/linux/blkdev.h
index f86df8b..fb7b3c2 100644
--- a/include/linux/blkdev.h
+++ b/include/linux/blkdev.h
@@ -1294,6 +1294,7 @@ struct block_device_operations {
unsigned long long);
int (*revalidate_disk) (struct gendisk *);
int (*getgeo)(struct block_device *, struct hd_geometry *);
+ /* this callback is with swap_lock and sometimes page table lock held */
void (*swap_slot_free_notify) (struct block_device *, unsigned long);
struct module *owner;
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