Re: rt_mutex_timed_lock() vs hrtimer_wakeup() race ?

From: Steven Rostedt
Date: Tue Aug 01 2006 - 09:19:37 EST

On Tue, 2006-08-01 at 14:52 +0200, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Tue, 2006-08-01 at 08:07 -0400, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> > > We hold lock->wait_lock. The owner of this lock can be blocked itself,
> > > which makes it necessary to do the chain walk. The indicator is
> > > owner->pi_blocked_on. This field is only protected by owner->pi_lock.
> > >
> > > If we look at this field outside of owner->pi_lock, then we might miss a
> > > chain walk.
> > >
> >
> > Actually Thomas, not counting the debug case, his patch wont miss a
> > chain walk. That is because the boost is read _after_ the owner's prio
> > is adjusted. So the only thing the lock is doing for us is to prevent
> > us from walking the chain twice for the same lock grab. (btw. I'm
> > looking at 2.6.18-rc2, and not the -rt patch, just to make things
> > clear).
> So what do we win, when we drop the lock before we check for boosting ?
> In the worst case we do a redundant chain walk.

I'm not saying that it was correct to drop the lock before checking for
boosting. I'm just saying that it won't miss a chain walk. But we might
do two of them. I think I'll send my patch again that fixes this up a
little. I'll make two patches: one for mainline, and one for -rt.

In the debug case, we really don't even need to grab the lock.
(see patch -- coming soon)

-- Steve

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