Re: [PATCH RFC tip/core/rcu 03/41] rcu: Add lockdep-RCU checks forsimple self-deadlock

From: Josh Triplett
Date: Thu Feb 02 2012 - 14:56:51 EST

On Thu, Feb 02, 2012 at 08:20:17AM -0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Wed, Feb 01, 2012 at 04:55:54PM -0800, Josh Triplett wrote:
> > On Wed, Feb 01, 2012 at 11:41:21AM -0800, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > > From: "Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > >
> > > It is illegal to have a grace period within a same-flavor RCU read-side
> > > critical section, so this commit adds lockdep-RCU checks to splat when
> > > such abuse is encountered. This commit does not detect more elaborate
> > > RCU deadlock situations. These situations might be a job for lockdep
> > > enhancements.
> >
> > Since doing so also violates the prohibition on blocking within an RCU
> > read-side critical section, wouldn't it suffice to call might_sleep() or
> > equivalent, which also detects other problems? (Obviously this doesn't
> > apply to SRCU, but it applies to the other variants of RCU.)
> Yes, but...
> The advantage of the lockdep-RCU splat is that it gives you a better
> hint as to where the RCU read-side critical section was entered, which
> is very helpful when tracking these down, especially when they are
> intermittent.

Ah, fair enough.

> And yes, I should also well check for the other variants of RCU read-side
> critical section (other than RCU). Done.

Oh? What hadn't you checked for?

> I also glued the strings together to promote grepability as you suggest
> later. (But I leave it to you to get upgraded -- it currently
> warns about long lines, but not about strings split across lines.)

It theoretically shouldn't warn about long lines that consist only of a
quoted string possibly followed by ',' or ');'; it has a check to ignore
those. After you glued the strings together, what did you end up with?

As for adding a warning about strings broken across lines, that seems
sensible. Some quick grepping suggests that doing so would catch a pile
of existing code, too. Patch to follow momentarily.

- Josh Triplett
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