[PATCH v2 0/3] staging: vchiq: use interruptible waits

From: Nicolas Saenz Julienne
Date: Mon May 06 2019 - 10:41:32 EST

this series tries to address an issue that came up in Raspbian's kernel
tree [1] and upstream distros [2][3].

We adopted some changes that moved wait calls from a custom
implementation to the more standard killable family of functions. Users
complained that all the VCHIQ threads showed up in D state (which is the
expected behaviour).

The custom implementation we deleted tried to mimic the killable family
of functions, yet accepted more signals than the later; SIGKILL |
implementation as opposed to plain old SIGKILL.

Raspbian maintainers decided roll back some of those changes and leave
the wait functions as interruptible. Hence creating some divergence
between both trees.

One could argue that not liking having the threads stuck in D state is
not really a software issue. It's more a cosmetic thing that can scare
people when they look at "uptime". On the other hand, if we are ever to
unstage this driver, we'd really need a proper justification for using
the killable family of functions. Which I think it's not really clear at
the moment.

As Raspbian's kernel has been working for a while with interruptible
waits I propose we follow through. If needed we can always go back to
killable. But at least we'll have a proper understanding on the actual
needs. In the end the driver is in staging, and the potential for errors


[1] https://github.com/raspberrypi/linux/issues/2881
[2] https://archlinuxarm.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=65&t=13485
[3] https://lists.fedoraproject.org/archives/list/arm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx/message/GBXGJ7DOV5CQQXFPOZCXTRD6W4BEPT4Q/


Changes since v1:
- Proplery format revert commits
- Add code comment to remind of this issue
- Add Fixes tags

Nicolas Saenz Julienne (3):
staging: vchiq_2835_arm: revert "quit using custom
staging: vchiq: revert "switch to wait_for_completion_killable"
staging: vchiq: make wait events interruptible

.../interface/vchiq_arm/vchiq_2835_arm.c | 2 +-
.../interface/vchiq_arm/vchiq_arm.c | 21 +++++++------
.../interface/vchiq_arm/vchiq_core.c | 31 ++++++++++++-------
.../interface/vchiq_arm/vchiq_util.c | 6 ++--
4 files changed, 35 insertions(+), 25 deletions(-)