Re: [PATCH 1/2] workqueue: Catch more locking problems withflush_work()

From: Yong Zhang
Date: Fri Apr 20 2012 - 04:32:15 EST

On Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 01:18:19AM -0700, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> On 4/20/2012 12:18 AM, Yong Zhang wrote:
> > On Thu, Apr 19, 2012 at 11:26:47PM -0700, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> >> complain in the case where the work is not queued. That case is not a
> >> false positive. We will get a lockdep warning if the work is running
> > IIRC, flush_work() is just a nop when a work is not queued nor running.
> Agreed, but it's better to always print a lockdep warning instead of
> only when the deadlock is going to occur.

It will IMHO.

> >
> >> (when start_flush_work() returns true) solely with the
> >> lock_map_acquire() on cwq->wq->lockdep_map.
> > Yeah, that is the point we use lockdep to detect deadlock for workqueue.
> >
> > But when looking at start_flush_work(), for some case
> > !(cwq->wq->saved_max_active == 1 || cwq->wq->flags & WQ_RESCUER),
> > lock_map_acquire_read() is called, but recursive read is not added to
> > the chain list. So when lock_map_acquire_read(&cwq->wq->lockdep_map)
> > is called, deadlock will not be detected. I hope you don't hit that
> > special case.
> Hmm. Originally I had what you suggested in my patch but I left it out
> because I wasn't sure if it would cause false positives.
> Do you see any
> possibility for false positives?

No, I don't. My test indeed show nothing (just build and boot).

>I'll add it back in if not.

It's great if you can try it :)

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