Re: [Patch 0/2] sysfs: fix s_active lockdep warning

From: Greg KH
Date: Sat Jan 30 2010 - 00:31:39 EST

On Fri, Jan 29, 2010 at 12:25:22PM -0800, Eric W. Biederman wrote:
> Greg KH <gregkh@xxxxxxx> writes:
> > Heh, this whole mess is the very reason we didn't add lockdep support to
> > the driver core. Nested devices that all look alike from the driver
> > core, are really different objects and the locking lifetimes are
> > separate, but lockdep can't see that.
> >
> > I suggest we just remove the original patch, as it seems to be causing
> > way too many problems.
> >
> > Any objections to that?
> I think the hit rate for real problems has been about 25-50%. Of the
> false positives a lot of those have been, code that is at least
> questionable.
> Furthermore there are problems we can find this way that we won't know
> about any other way. Unfortunately I haven't had much time to do
> anything kernel related lately, or I would have done more with this.
> My comment was about simply about finding a good way to increase the
> signal to noise ration so investigations can reasonably start with the
> presumption that code lockdep is complaining about real problems.
> The deadlocks that we can hit in sysfs are very nasty to find, they
> have persisted for years, and they pop back up after they are fixed.
> So far the pain from lockdep annotations seems a lot lower.
> Right now annotating with subclasses as Amerigo is attempting will work,
> and remove the false positives. I was simply hoping to find a faster
> way to get there.
> So yes, I do object to removing the original patch. Let's put in the
> work to find a good path to remove the handful of cases that cause
> false positives.

Ok, that sounds good to me.


greg k-h
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