Re: [PATCH v2] scsi: sr: get rid of sr global mutex

From: James Bottomley
Date: Tue Feb 18 2020 - 12:28:50 EST

On Tue, 2020-02-18 at 09:23 -0800, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 09:20:28AM -0800, James Bottomley wrote:
> > > > Replace the global mutex with per-sr-device mutex.
> > >
> > > Do we actually need the lock at all? What is protected by it?
> >
> > We do at least for cdrom_open. It modifies the cdi structure with
> > no other protection and concurrent modification would at least
> > screw up the use counter which is not atomic. Same reasoning for
> > cdrom_release.
> Wouldn't the right fix to add locking to cdrom_open/release instead
> of having an undocumented requirement for the callers?

Yes ... but that's somewhat of a bigger patch because you now have to
reason about the callbacks within cdrom. There's also the question of
whether you can assume ops->generic_packet() has its own concurrency
protections ... it's certainly true for SCSI, but is it for anything
else? Although I suppose you can just not care and run the internal
lock over it anyway.