On Tue, Jun 20, 2000 at 12:41:46PM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 20, 2000 at 02:33:47AM +0200, Keith Owens wrote:
> > >> - All 2.4-only netdrivers can have all their MOD_DEC and MOD_INC calls
> > >> removed. All that twisty logic to keep track of the counts can be
> > >> tossed. A single
> > >>
> > >> SET_NETDEVICE_OWNER(dev);
> > >
> > >"Twisty logic"? Most of the drivers have straight-forward use counts.
> > >How is this new method any simpler? If anything, it seems to be more
> > >complex without any obvious benefit.
> > There are inherent unload races when code that lives inside a module
> > tries to adjust the use count on that module. To the extent that the
> > code pages can be deleted underneath the code that is executing!
> > Module use counts need to be set before entering the module, not after
> > the module code has started executing.
> At least for open/close() that is not true -- rtnl_lock() protects against
> that. For that there are the same rules as in 2.2 (INC before first sleep,
> DEC after last sleep)
Ok, there is still a small race with the actual module unload. I think
the cleanest solution is to let open/close run in the big kernel lock.
They are not performance critical anyways.
Looks much prefereable than changing all the network drivers at this
stage at least.
--- linux/net/core/dev.c-devlock Tue Jun 20 00:58:33 2000
+++ linux/net/core/dev.c Tue Jun 20 12:38:25 2000
@@ -89,6 +89,7 @@
#if defined(CONFIG_NET_RADIO) || defined(CONFIG_NET_PCMCIA_RADIO)
#include <linux/wireless.h> /* Note : will define WIRELESS_EXT */
#endif /* CONFIG_NET_RADIO || CONFIG_NET_PCMCIA_RADIO */
@@ -2091,10 +2092,12 @@
ret = dev_ifsioc(&ifr, cmd);