Re: [PATCH 1/3] net/bridge/br_if.c: don't use _WORK_NAR

From: Oleg Nesterov
Date: Mon Feb 19 2007 - 07:00:29 EST

On 02/19, David Howells wrote:
> Oleg Nesterov <oleg@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Afaics, noautorel work_struct buys nothing for "struct net_bridge_port".
> You may be right.
> > If del_nbp()->cancel_delayed_work(&p->carrier_check) fails, port_carrier_check
> > may be called later anyway.
> Called by what? Something outside of br_if.c?

No. if cancel_delayed_work() fails, the work may sit pending in cwq->worklist,
or it may be running right now, waiting for rtnl_mutex.

> > So the reading of *work in port_carrier_check() is equally unsafe with or
> > without this patch.
> Hmmm... cancel_delayed_work() in del_nbp() probably ought to be followed by a
> flush_scheduled_work().

Yes, but this deadlocks: we hold rtnl_mutex, and work->func() takes it too.

I think the fix should be so that port_carrier_check() does get/put on
"struct net_bridge_port" (container), but not on "struct net_device", and

del_nbp(struct net_bridge_port *p)

if (cancel_delayed_work(&p->carrier_check))
- dev_put(p->dev);
+ kobject_put(&p->kobj);


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