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

From: Stephen Warren
Date: Thu May 23 2013 - 11:42:46 EST

On 05/23/2013 07:06 AM, Lars-Peter Clausen wrote:
> regmap-mmio uses a spinlock with spin_lock() and spin_unlock() for locking.
> Which means in order to avoid race conditions the lock always needs to be taken
> from the same context.

I'm not really sure what this means. I assume contexts are
atomic-vs-nonatomic? If so, spinlocks should work fine for this, right?

I guess the core of the issue is that you want to replace spin_lock()
with spin_lock_irqsave(). I'd like to see that explicitly described in
the commit description, if that is the core aspect of this change.

Re: the other comments about the API change: I think this can be done

static void regmap_lock_spinlock(void *__map)
struct regmap *map = __map;
unsigned long local_flags;

spin_lock_irqsave(&map->spinlock, local_flags);
* Here, we have the lock locked, so we own the flags,
* and can write to them.
map->spinlock_flags = local_flags;

static void regmap_unlock_spinlock(void *__map, unsigned long *flags)
struct regmap *map = __map;
spin_unlock_irqrestore(&map->spinlock, map->spinlock_flags);

... and obviously add a spinlock_flags field to struct regmap (perhaps
start unioning the mutex and spinlock data fields there if you want to
save space).
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