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Re: tx_timeout and timer serialisation

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Subject: Re: tx_timeout and timer serialisation
From: Donald Becker <becker@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 20:48:15 -0400 (EDT)
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On Fri, 19 May 2000, Jeff Garzik wrote:

> > I don't see the semantic problem here.
> > This was the recommended way to use the timer routines.  If the semantics
> > have changed, there should be new names for the changed semantics.
> There doesn't seem to be anything in 2.2.x to prevent this sort of race
> at del_timer time.  It always seemed to me like a driver-specific wait
> queue was needed for certain points in the close() process, like this.

There is no "wait queue" that can cover broken semantics.

The expected semantics must be "remove this timer from the kernel timer
After calling del_timer(&timer),
  - kfree( is safe
  - a module with the timer.function() code may be immediately removed.

It's possible for each driver to add locks so that #1 is true, but there is
no work-around if #2 does not hold true.  The timer function might have
released its lock, but still be exiting.

Donald Becker                           becker@xxxxxxxxx
Scyld Computing Corporation
410 Severn Ave. Suite 210
Annapolis MD 21403

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