Re: linux-next: next-20090609 hangs in early user mode

From: Al Viro
Date: Wed Jun 10 2009 - 11:08:54 EST

On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 09:19:09AM -0400, Theodore Tso wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 02:00:54PM +0100, Al Viro wrote:
> >
> > Yes, it's obviously bogus. Dropped from the tree; I don't think it's
> > really salvagable - even merging into one unsigned long will not be
> > enough, since we will end up with different locking for different bits.
> Oops, sorry, I didn't realize we were using bitops for i_state. As
> far as I can tell we're not using the bitops functions for i_flags,
> though. Is that right? So we can convert i_flags to be a unsigned
> short, but we can't do anything with i_state.

We can, but... it's again a matter of combining things with different
locking. i_flags is protected by i_mutex, so if you put another
unsigned short next to it, you'd better make sure that i_mutex
is necessary and sufficient for modifying it.

Depending on the target, gcc may turn 16bit read-modify-store into 32bit one,
so if you have two 16bit fields next to each other, you can run into

r1 = *(u32 *)p; r2 = *(u32 *)p;
r1 |= 1; r2 |= 1 << 16;
*(u32 *)p = r1; *(u32 *)p = r2;

with obvious results. So we need the same locking for both such fields...
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