Re: [PATCH 1/2] net: ethernet: sxgbe: remove private tx queue lock

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Thu Dec 08 2016 - 16:55:57 EST

On Thu 2016-12-08 21:32:12, Lino Sanfilippo wrote:
> Hi,
> On 08.12.2016 00:15, Francois Romieu wrote:
> > Lino Sanfilippo <LinoSanfilippo@xxxxxx> :
> >> The driver uses a private lock for synchronization between the xmit
> >> function and the xmit completion handler, but since the NETIF_F_LLTX flag
> >> is not set, the xmit function is also called with the xmit_lock held.
> >>
> >> On the other hand the xmit completion handler first takes the private lock
> >> and (in case that the tx queue has been stopped) the xmit_lock, leading
> >> to a reverse locking order and the potential danger of a deadlock.
> >
> > netif_tx_stop_queue is used by:
> > 1. xmit function before releasing lock and returning.
> > 2. sxgbe_restart_tx_queue()
> > <- sxgbe_tx_interrupt
> > <- sxgbe_reset_all_tx_queues()
> > <- sxgbe_tx_timeout()
> >
> > Given xmit won't be called again until tx queue is enabled, it's not clear
> > how a deadlock could happen due to #1.
> >
> After spending more thoughts on this I tend to agree with you. Yes, we have the
> different locking order for the xmit_lock and the private lock in two concurrent
> threads. And one of the first things one learns about locking is that this is a
> good way to create a deadlock sooner or later. But in our case the deadlock
> can only occur if the xmit function and the tx completion handler perceive different
> states for the tx queue, or to be more specific:
> the completion handler sees the tx queue in state "stopped" while the xmit handler
> sees it in state "running" at the same time. Only then both functions would try to
> take both locks, which could lead to a deadlock.
> OTOH Pavel said that he actually could produce a deadlock. Now I wonder if this is caused
> by that locking scheme (in a way I have not figured out yet) or if it is a different issue.

Pavel has some problems, but that's on different hardware.. and it is
possible that it is deadlock (or something else) somewhere else.

Best regards,
(cesky, pictures)

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