Re: [GIT PULL] dax fixes for 4.20-rc6

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Sun Dec 09 2018 - 13:02:26 EST

On Sat, Dec 8, 2018 at 10:26 PM Williams, Dan J
<dan.j.williams@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> git:// tags/dax-fixes-4.20-rc6

What's going on with the odd non-exclusive exclusive wait?

prepare_to_wait_exclusive(wq, &ewait.wait, TASK_UNINTERRUPTIBLE);
* Entry lock waits are exclusive. Wake up the next waiter since
* we aren't sure we will acquire the entry lock and thus wake
* the next waiter up on unlock.
if (waitqueue_active(wq))
__wake_up(wq, TASK_NORMAL, 1, &ewait.key);

that seems to make little or no sense.

Why isn't that prepare_to_wait_exclusive() just a regular
prepare_to_wait(), and then the whole "let's wake up anybody else" can
be removed?

I've pulled it, but am awaiting explanation of what looks like some
pretty crazy code. I *suspect* it's a copy-and-paste situation where
you took the exclusive wait from somewhere else.