Re: [patch 2.6.9] Avoid a rare deadlock during unwind

From: David Mosberger <>
Date: 2004-10-22 00:30:55
>>>>> On Tue, 19 Oct 2004 18:20:05 +1000, Keith Owens <> said:

  Keith> There is a rare deadlock condition during unwind script
  Keith> creation.  If build_script() is interrupted in the middle of
  Keith> creating the script, it holds the script write lock.  If the
  Keith> interrupt handler needs to call unwind for some failure
  Keith> condition, unwind will try to read the incomplete script and
  Keith> will deadlock on the script lock.

  Keith> The fix is to disable interrupts while building the script,
  Keith> so interrupt handlers never see partial scripts.

  Keith> Promoting spin_lock_irqsave() from script_new() to
  Keith> find_save_locs() changes the indentation, so the patch looks
  Keith> bigger than it really is.

I'm not sure this is safe.  You're now acquiring the read/write-lock
after the spinlock and according to the SMP conventions mentionted at
the beginning of the file, this isn't safe:

 *      o if both the unw.lock spinlock and a script's read-write lock must be
 *        acquired, then the read-write lock must be acquired first.

Did you check that this isn't a problem?  If so, it would at least be
necessary to update the comment.

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Received on Thu Oct 21 10:58:59 2004

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