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From: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>
To: Al Viro <viro@ZenIV.linux.org.uk>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org,
	Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@linuxfoundation.org>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>,
	Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 00/16 v3] tracing: Add new file system tracefs
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:02:18 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20150126200218.6ecfc931@grimm.local.home> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20150127003742.GU29656@ZenIV.linux.org.uk>

On Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:37:42 +0000
Al Viro <viro@ZenIV.linux.org.uk> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 26, 2015 at 06:43:14PM -0500, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> 
> > I originally had this, but the issue isn't with i_mutex only. The
> > instance_mkdir and instance_rmdir need to grab trace_types_lock.
> > This is also held when calling into tracefs.
> > 
> > That is, we can not hold i_mutex and take trace_types_lock.
> > 
> > trace_types_lock needs to be held with the creation or destruction
> > of events, which is what mkdir an rmdir do.
> 
> Yecchhh...
> 
> Looks like something that fell out of BKL removal - AFAICS, you are
> using it to protect all kinds of things ;-/

It's only used to protect slow paths. Yes, it grew more than what it
should protect. I had patches to add a few more mutexes, to narrow
things down. But that still did not solve this issue. The broken out
mutex still needed to be held when events are created.

The main issue is that mkdir() and rmdir() will create events that
require holding a mutex to make sure access to the events are
serialized.

But creating events requires grabbing the i_mutex. We can create events
either with mkdir() or when a module is loaded that has its own events.

Same goes with the mutex that protects adding and removing of
trace_arrays. When a module is loaded, we need to add events to each
trace array that exists (requiring that we grab the mutex that protects
that list). And hold it while we add our events.

Now you see why I found just dropping the parent mutex easier.

-- Steve

  reply	other threads:[~2015-01-27  1:01 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 40+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2015-01-26 15:09 Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 01/16 v3] debugfs_{mkdir,create,link}(): get rid of redundant argument Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 02/16 v3] debugfs: split the beginning and the end of __create_file() off Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 03/16 v3] debugfs: kill __create_file() Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 04/16 v3] fold debugfs_link() into caller Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 05/16 v3] debugfs_mknod(): get rid useless arguments Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 06/16 v3] fold debugfs_mkdir() into caller Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 07/16 v3] fold debugfs_create() " Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 08/16 v3] fold debugfs_mknod() into callers Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 09/16 v3] debugfs: take mode-dependent parts of debugfs_get_inode() " Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 10/16 v3] debugfs: split end_creating() into success and failure cases Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 11/16 v3] new primitive: debugfs_create_automount() Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 12/16 v3] tracefs: Add new tracefs file system Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 13/16 v3] tracing: Convert the tracing facility over to use tracefs Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 14/16 v3] tracing: Automatically mount tracefs on debugfs/tracing Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 15/16 v3] tracefs: Add directory /sys/kernel/tracing Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 15:09 ` [PATCH 16/16 v3] tracing: Have mkdir and rmdir be part of tracefs Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 19:30 ` [PATCH 00/16 v3] tracing: Add new file system tracefs Al Viro
2015-01-26 20:42   ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 20:44     ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 20:58       ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 21:44         ` Al Viro
2015-01-26 21:46     ` Al Viro
2015-01-26 23:02       ` Al Viro
2015-01-26 23:39         ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 23:43       ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 23:49         ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-27  0:39           ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-27  4:34             ` Al Viro
2015-01-27 15:15               ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-27  0:37         ` Al Viro
2015-01-27  1:02           ` Steven Rostedt [this message]
2015-01-27  1:03             ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-27  4:38               ` Al Viro
2015-01-27 15:19                 ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-27 15:44                   ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-26 21:40   ` Al Viro
2015-01-26 23:37     ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-27  2:34       ` Steven Rostedt
2015-01-27  4:46         ` Al Viro

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