Re: [PATCH 10/10] oom: Make find_lock_task_mm() sparse-aware

From: Anton Vorontsov
Date: Sat Mar 24 2012 - 12:23:04 EST

On Sat, Mar 24, 2012 at 01:52:54PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > p.s. I know Peter Zijlstra detest the __cond_lock() stuff, but untill
> > we have anything better in sparse, let's use it. This particular
> > patch helped me to detect one bug that I myself made during
> > task->mm fixup series. So, it is useful.
> Yeah, so Nacked-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@xxxxxxxxx>
> Also, why didn't lockdep catch it?

Because patch authors test their patches on architectures they own
(well, sometimes I do check patches on exotic architectures w/ qemu,
but it is less convenient than just build/sparse-test the patch w/
a cross compiler).

And since lockdep is a runtime checker, it is not very useful.

Sparse is a build-time checker, so it is even better in the sense
that it is able to catch bugs even in code that is executed rarely.

> Fix sparse already instead of smearing ugly all over.

Just wonder how do you see the feature implemented?

Something like this?

#define __ret_cond_locked(l, c) __attribute__((ret_cond_locked(l, c)))
#define __ret_value __attribute__((ret_value))
#define __ret_locked_nonnull(l) __ret_cond_locked(l, __ret_value);

extern struct task_struct *find_lock_task_mm(struct task_struct *p)


Anton Vorontsov
Email: cbouatmailru@xxxxxxxxx
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at