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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] rbtree: fix postorder iteration when the rb_node is not the first element in an entry
On 11/04/2013 05:40 PM, Cody P Schafer wrote:
> Provide a new helper called rb_next_postorder_entry() to perform NULL
> checks and container_of() coversions and use it in
> rbtree_for_each_entry_safe() to fix oopses that occur when rb_node is
> not the first element in the entry.

On second thought, it appears I was a bit to hasty with this, and this patch actually breaks things.

On 11/04/2013 04:45 PM, Jan Kara wrote:> On Mon 04-11-13 15:26:38, Jan Kara wrote:
>> On Fri 01-11-13 15:38:50, Cody P Schafer wrote:
>>> Use rbtree_postorder_for_each_entry_safe() to destroy the rbtree instead
>>> of opencoding an alternate postorder iteration that modifies the tree
>> Thanks. I've merged the patch into my tree.
> Hum, except that the kernel oopses with this patch. And I think the
> problem is in rbtree_postorder_for_each_entry_safe(). How are those tests
> for NULL supposed to work? For example if the tree is empty, 'pos' will be
> NULL and you'll call rb_next_postorder(&NULL->field) which is pretty much
> guaranteed to oops if 'field' doesn't have offset 0 in the structure...

No, it shouldn't oops because pos won't be NULL, &pos->field will be.

pos is only assigned via an rb_entry(rb_first_postorder()) or rb_entry(rb_next_postorder()). rb_next_postorder() and rb_first_postorder() can return NULL. That NULL then is munged by rb_entry to be (NULL - offset_of_field). Causing (&pos->field == NULL == (pos + offset_of_field)).

That is, unless I've screwed something up (very possible, as this overly hurried patchset shows).

I expect it's more likely that my adaptation of this to ext3's usage is buggy. Could you tell me what you did to cause the oops? And/Or post it?

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