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SubjectRe: Spinlocks: Factor our GENERIC_LOCKBREAK in order to avoid spin with irqs disable
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On Mon, 2008-06-23 at 19:19 +0200, Petr Tesarik wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-05-07 at 11:49 -0700, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> > Subject: Spinlocks: Factor our GENERIC_LOCKBREAK in order to avoid spin with irqs disabled
> >
> > The nice spinlock functions that enable interrupts while spinning are only
> > usable if GENERIC_LOCKBREAK is set (and we do not debug locks but lock
> > debugging would not be used for a production configuration).
> >
> > Factor out the dependencies on the ->lock_break field from the nice functions
> > into a set of BREAKLOCK macros (cannot be functions since the type of the lock
> > variable varies).
> >
> > The nice spinlock function can then also be used if !GENERIC_LOCKBREAK
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Christoph Lameter <clameter@sgi.com>
> >
> > ---
> > kernel/spinlock.c | 40 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----------
> > 1 file changed, 30 insertions(+), 10 deletions(-)
> >
> > Index: linux-2.6/kernel/spinlock.c
> > ===================================================================
> > --- linux-2.6.orig/kernel/spinlock.c 2008-05-07 11:19:31.000000000 -0700
> > +++ linux-2.6/kernel/spinlock.c 2008-05-07 11:40:56.000000000 -0700
> > @@ -65,7 +65,7 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL(_write_trylock);
> > * even on CONFIG_PREEMPT, because lockdep assumes that interrupts are
> > * not re-enabled during lock-acquire (which the preempt-spin-ops do):
> > */
> > -#if !defined(CONFIG_GENERIC_LOCKBREAK) || defined(CONFIG_DEBUG_LOCK_ALLOC)
> > +#ifdef CONFIG_DEBUG_LOCK_ALLOC
>
> Maybe I'm just blind, but doesn't this change effectively disable any
> arch-specific optimized code for _raw_*_lock?
>
> If CONFIG_DEBUG_LOCK_ALLOC is set, then CONFIG_DEBUG_SPINLOCK must also
> be set, so in that case the debugging versions of _raw_*_lock are used.
> But if CONFIG_DEBUG_LOCK_ALLOC is _not_ set, then the locks are built
> with _trylock and _can_lock primitives.
>
> What am I missing here?

No, I think you're right.

I've been playing with these patches:

http://programming.kicks-ass.net/kernel-patches/spinlocks/

But as it stands it breaks !CONFIG_PREEMPT... ought to find some other
cycles to spend on it..





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