Re: [PATCH 1/6] tracing: Turn event/id->i_private intocall->event.type

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Thu Jul 25 2013 - 10:31:42 EST

On 07/24, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Tue, 2013-07-23 at 22:59 +0200, Oleg Nesterov wrote:
> > event_id_read() is racy, ftrace_event_call can be already freed
> > by trace_remove_event_call() callers.
> >
> > Change event_create_dir() to pass "data = call->event.type", this
> > is all event_id_read() needs. ftrace_event_id_fops no longer needs
> > tracing_open_generic().
> >
> > We add the new helper, event_file_data(), to read ->i_private, it
> > will have more users.
> >
> > Note: currently ACCESS_ONCE() and "id != 0" check are not needed,
> > but we are going to change event_remove/rmdir to clear ->i_mutex.
> We are changing i_mutex or i_private?

i_private, yes, will fix.

Steven, I agree with all your comments, thanks. Except this one.

> Anyway, this still looks too complex for the id. Just pass the id number
> to the filp->private_data, and use that. It should never be cleared, and
> as we are not using any pointers it will always return what the id
> is/was.
> Keep tracing_open_generic() and have:
> event_id_read(struct file *filp, char __user *ubuf, size_t cnt, loff_t
> *ppos)
> {
> int id = (int)(unsigned long)filp->private_data;
> char buf[32];
> int len;
> if (*ppos)
> return 0;
> len = sprintf(buf, "%d\n", id);
> return simple_read_from_buffer(ubuf, cnt, ppos, buf, len);
> }
> No need for accessing the inode->i_private.

Unless you strongly object, I'd prefer to avoid filp->private_data
and use event_file_data(). Also, I'd like to keep "if (!id) ENODEV".

The main reason is the consistency with other f_op's, and this allows
us to change event_file_data/remove_event_file_dir without breaking

Also. Even if we use filp->private_data, it can be NULL/0, ->open()
can race with rmdir. Of course we could update remove_event_file_dir()
to skip this file, but I am sure we should not do this.


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