Re: [PATCH 3/3] eventfd: add internal reference counting to fix notifierrace conditions

From: Gregory Haskins
Date: Mon Jun 22 2009 - 15:22:51 EST

Davide Libenzi wrote:
> On Mon, 22 Jun 2009, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 11:03:22AM -0700, Davide Libenzi wrote:
>>> In your case of kernel-to-kernel scenario, why would you need eventfd at
>>> all, if userspace role in that model is simply to create it?
>> That's not 100% true. We have a mode where userspace is the producer
>> and/or consumer (migration mode) and we switch between that and
>> direct kernel-to-kernel communication.
> Then you'd need to ask yourself how to handle your complex case inside the
> KVM code, so that other eventfd users are not affected by the extra fat
> needed to handle your scenarios. Thing that seem to be continuosly tried.
> A file* based kernel-to-kernel interface is rather wrong IMO.

Well, I will point out that the interface in question is
eventfd_signal(struct file *), and you were the one that invented it
afaict. Can't help it if we like it :)

BTW: The termination point of that call is incidental. Afterall, it
works the same for kernel-kernel or kernel-userspace. The only relevant
discussion point here is that your proposal breaks POLLHUP for
eventfd_signal() users, and we have a real use case that cares.

Let me ask the question a different way: Lets say we all agree that
eventfd_signal() cannot be file* based to be correct. Is there a way
you can think of that satisfies both the need to get rid of file* AND
still deliver producer-release notification to consumers. Ultimately
that is all I care about.


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