Re: [PATCH] ath9k : Fix ieee80211 work while going to suspend

From: Stanislaw Gruszka
Date: Fri Mar 22 2013 - 05:13:28 EST

On Thu, Mar 21, 2013 at 12:33:31PM -0700, Luis R. Rodriguez wrote:
> So when does this work get called?
> Given the trace this is hit when the timer rx_poll_timer runs,
> which in turn calls ath_rx_poll() to schedule hw_check_work work.
> The rx_poll_timer however was originally only set at the end of
> the routine that hw_check_work sets off but also at other entry
> points (ath_start_rx_poll() callers). Once ath_start_rx_poll()
> gets called though we can go on looping as follows:
> work timer work
> hw_check_work --> rx_poll_timer --> hw_check_work
> At suspend time we do this though:
> ath_cancel_work(sc);
> del_timer_sync(&sc->rx_poll_timer);
> + del_timer_sync(&sc->rx_poll_timer);
> ath_cancel_work(sc);
> ath_stop_ani(sc);
> - del_timer_sync(&sc->rx_poll_timer);


> But then we have the chicken and the egg problem, as the work item
> could fire off the timer so it would seem to be good to prevent
> adding new work when suspending.

Yup, this is egg and chicken problem, I think it can not be fixed by
changing ordering of del_timer and cancel_work, it would be like:

/* but timer could schedule work */
/* but work could schedule timer */
/* but timer could schedule work */
/* And so on ... */

Check is needed in work or timer callback, depending what is canceled
last, to fix the problem ...

> > In mac80211 we use local->suspended and local->quiesce booleans to
> > prevent reschedule of timers when going to suspend for example.
> > Works use ifmgd->associted to prevent reschedule when we are
> > disassociating.
> >
> > I think on ath9k also some boolean variable should be used, not only
> > for rx_poll_timer but also for other works i.e. tx_complete_work.
> > Is possible to use SC_OP_INVALID flags, since mac80211 call ath9k_stop
> > on suspend and ath9k_start on resume.
> Indeed however ieee80211_queue_work() already does a suspend check for
> us, it just complains as many drivers including mac80211 were setting
> up work incorrectly. The warning was put in place to help us find the
> issues. Using SC_OP_INVALID seems fair but we could also add a routine
> ieee80211_queue_work_safe() that silently fails if we are quiescing or
> suspended and not resuming but I can see that creating very sloppy
> driver writing and everyone abusing it.

We also have to reliable cancel works on ath9k_stop() if device goes
down for other reason than suspend, new mac80211 ieee80211_queue_work_safe()
routine will not help with that.

> OK how about this for stable for now:
> diff --git a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/link.c b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/link.c
> index 39c84ec..7fdac6c 100644
> --- a/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/link.c
> +++ b/drivers/net/wireless/ath/ath9k/link.c
> @@ -170,7 +170,8 @@ void ath_rx_poll(unsigned long data)
> {
> struct ath_softc *sc = (struct ath_softc *)data;
> - ieee80211_queue_work(sc->hw, &sc->hw_check_work);
> + if (!test_bit(SC_OP_INVALID, &sc->sc_flags))
> + ieee80211_queue_work(sc->hw, &sc->hw_check_work);
> }

That looks ok for me as -stable fix

Reviewed-by: Stanislaw Gruszka <sgruszka@xxxxxxxxxx>

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