Re: [PATCH 2/2] regmap: Make regmap-mmio usable from different contexts

From: Lars-Peter Clausen
Date: Thu May 23 2013 - 10:20:56 EST

On 05/23/2013 04:05 PM, Mark Brown wrote:
> On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 03:06:16PM +0200, Lars-Peter Clausen wrote:
>> This patch updates the adds a flags parameter to the regmap lock and unlock
>> callbacks and uses spin_lock_irqsave() and spin_unlock_restore() for the mmio
>> case. This allows us to use regmap-mmio from different contexts.
> This seems really invasive, why not just have the lock that gets passed
> in point to a struct which has both the lock and the flags? As far as
> the core is concerned the lock is just whatever data is required to do
> the locking, the fact that it's actually two values is an implementation
> detail of this locking implementation.

I think that won't work. spin_lock_irqsave() will write to the flags
parameter before it has successfully taken the look. So if a process running
on another CPU tries to acquire the the lock while it is already held we'll
end up overwriting the flags. E.g:

- write flags

- overwrite flags

- restore wrong flags

Hence flags needs to go onto the stack.

- Lars
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