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From: Tilman Schmidt <tilman@imap.cc>
To: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Karsten Keil <kkeil@suse.de>,
	Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	i4ldeveloper@listserv.isdn4linux.de,
	linux-serial@vger.kernel.org, Hansjoerg Lipp <hjlipp@web.de>,
	Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk>, Greg KH <greg@kroah.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] drivers/isdn/gigaset: new M101 driver
Date: Sun, 04 Feb 2007 02:32:41 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <45C537B9.7080704@imap.cc> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20070201171345.bd98ce30.akpm@osdl.org>

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Thanks, Andrew, for your review. Some replies:

Am 02.02.2007 02:13 schrieb Andrew Morton:
> On Thu, 1 Feb 2007 22:12:24 +0100
> Tilman Schmidt <tilman@imap.cc> wrote:
> 
>> +/* Kbuild sometimes doesn't set this */
>> +#ifndef KBUILD_MODNAME
>> +#define KBUILD_MODNAME "asy_gigaset"
>> +#endif
> 
> That's a subtle way of reporting a kbuild bug ;)
> 
> What's the story here?

If an object file is linked into more than one module (like
asyncdata.o which is linked into both ser_gigaset and usb_gigaset)
then Kbuild compiles it only once but cannot decide which of the
module names to put into KBUILD_MODNAME, so it takes the easy way
out and doesn't define KBUILD_MODNAME at all. I'm not sure if
that qualifies as a kbuild bug. I'd rather call it a limitation.

>> +static int write_modem(struct cardstate *cs)
>> +{
>> +	struct tty_struct *tty = cs->hw.ser->tty;
>> +	struct bc_state *bcs = &cs->bcs[0];	/* only one channel */
>> +	struct sk_buff *skb = bcs->tx_skb;
>> +	int sent;
>> +
>> +	if (!tty || !tty->driver || !skb)
>> +		return -EFAULT;
> 
> Is EFAULT appropriate?

It hardly matters, as it isn't propagated anywhere. -1 would
work just as well.

> Can all these things happen?

Theoretically no, but this is called from a tasklet and I have
already traced a bug which made one of these disappear. Not
having the kernel crash completely in such an event considerably
helps debugging.

>> +	set_bit(TTY_DO_WRITE_WAKEUP, &tty->flags);
> 
> Is a client of the tty interface supposed to be diddling tty flags like this?

Documentation/tty.txt says so. (Yes, I wrote that part myself,
but nobody protested. ;-) Also, the PPP line discipline does
the same.

>> +	spin_lock_irqsave(&cs->cmdlock, flags);
>> +	cb = cs->cmdbuf;
>> +	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&cs->cmdlock, flags);
> 
> It is doubtful if the locking here does anything useful.

It assures atomicity when reading the cs->cmdbuf pointer.

>> +	spin_lock_irqsave(&cs->cmdlock, flags);
>> +	cb->prev = cs->lastcmdbuf;
>> +	if (cs->lastcmdbuf)
>> +		cs->lastcmdbuf->next = cb;
>> +	else {
>> +		cs->cmdbuf = cb;
>> +		cs->curlen = len;
>> +	}
>> +	cs->cmdbytes += len;
>> +	cs->lastcmdbuf = cb;
>> +	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&cs->cmdlock, flags);
> 
> Would the use of list_heads simplify things here?

I don't think so. The operations in list.h do not keep track of
the total byte count, and adding that in a race-free way appears
non-trivial.

>> +/*
>> + * Free hardware specific device data
>> + * This will be called by "gigaset_freecs" in common.c
>> + */
>> +static void gigaset_freecshw(struct cardstate *cs)
>> +{
>> +	tasklet_kill(&cs->write_tasklet);
> 
> Does tasklet kill() wait for the tasklet to stop running on a different
> CPU?  I thing so, but it was written in the days before we commented code.

Its description in LDD3 ch. 7 seems to imply that it does.

>> +			down(&cs->hw.ser->dead_sem);
> 
> Does this actually use the semaphore's counting feature?  If not, can we
> switch it to a mutex?

I stole that code from the PPP line discipline. It is to assure all
other ldisc methods have completed before the close method proceeds.
This doesn't look like a case for a mutex to me, but I'm open to
suggestions if it's important to avoid a semaphore here.

>> +	tail = atomic_read(&inbuf->tail);
>> +	head = atomic_read(&inbuf->head);
>> +	gig_dbg(DEBUG_INTR, "buffer state: %u -> %u, receive %u bytes",
>> +		head, tail, count);
>> +
>> +	if (head <= tail) {
>> +		n = RBUFSIZE - tail;
>> +		if (count >= n) {
>> +			/* buffer wraparound */
>> +			memcpy(inbuf->data + tail, buf, n);
>> +			tail = 0;
>> +			buf += n;
>> +			count -= n;
>> +		} else {
>> +			memcpy(inbuf->data + tail, buf, count);
>> +			tail += count;
>> +			buf += count;
>> +			count = 0;
>> +		}
>> +	}
> 
> Perhaps the (fairly revolting) circ_buf.h can be used for this stuff.

It probably could, but IMHO readability would suffer rather than improve.

Thanks,
Tilman

PS: My patch hasn't appeared on LKML so far. Any idea why?

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  parent reply	other threads:[~2007-02-04  1:32 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <200702012112.l11LCOO4016557@lx1.pxnet.com>
2007-02-02  1:13 ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-03 16:09   ` Greg KH
2007-02-04  0:26     ` Tilman Schmidt
2007-02-12 18:47       ` Greg KH
2007-02-12 23:49         ` Tilman Schmidt
2007-02-04  1:32   ` Tilman Schmidt [this message]
2007-02-04  1:56     ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-05  1:42       ` Tilman Schmidt
2007-02-05  4:58         ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-05 12:29           ` Tilman Schmidt

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