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SubjectRe: About the try to remove cross-release feature entirely by Ingo
On Fri, Dec 29, 2017 at 10:47:36AM +0900, Byungchul Park wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 03:24:29PM +0900, Byungchul Park wrote:
> > Lockdep works, based on the following:
> >
> > (1) Classifying locks properly
> > (2) Checking relationship between the classes
> >
> > If (1) is not good or (2) is not good, then we
> > might get false positives.
> >
> > For (1), we don't have to classify locks 100%
> > properly but need as enough as lockdep works.
> >
> > For (2), we should have a mechanism w/o
> > logical defects.
> >
> > Cross-release added an additional capacity to
> > (2) and requires (1) to get more precisely classified.
> >
> > Since the current classification level is too low for
> > cross-release to work, false positives are being
> > reported frequently with enabling cross-release.
> > Yes. It's a obvious problem. It needs to be off by
> > default until the classification is done by the level
> > that cross-release requires.
> >
> > But, the logic (2) is valid and logically true. Please
> > keep the code, mechanism, and logic.
> I admit the cross-release feature had introduced several false positives
> about 4 times(?), maybe. And I suggested roughly 3 ways to solve it. I
> should have explained each in more detail. The lack might have led some
> to misunderstand.
> (1) The best way: To classify all waiters correctly.
> Ultimately the problems should be solved in this way. But it
> takes a lot of time so it's not easy to use the way right away.
> And I need helps from experts of other sub-systems.
> While talking about this way, I made a trouble.. I still believe
> that each sub-system expert knows how to solve dependency problems
> most, since each has own dependency rule, but it was not about
> responsibility. I've never wanted to charge someone else it but me.
> (2) The 2nd way: To make cross-release off by default.
> At the beginning, I proposed cross-release being off by default.
> Honestly, I was happy and did it when Ingo suggested it on by
> default once lockdep on. But I shouldn't have done that but kept
> it off by default. Cross-release can make some happy but some
> unhappy until problems go away through (1) or (2).
> (3) The 3rd way: To invalidate waiters making trouble.
> Of course, this is not the best. Now that you have already spent
> a lot of time to fix original lockdep's problems since lockdep was
> introduced in 2006, we don't need to use this way for typical
> locks except a few special cases. Lockdep is fairly robust by now.
> And I understand you don't want to spend more time to fix
> additional problems again. Now that the situation is different
> from the time, 2006, it's not too bad to use this way to handle
> the issues.
> IMO, the ways can be considered together at a time, which perhaps would
> be even better.


> Talking about what Ingo said in the commit msg.. I want to ask him back,

I'm sorry for missing specifying the commit I'm talking about.

e966eaeeb locking/lockdep: Remove the cross-release locking checks

> if he did it with no false positives at the moment merging it in 2006,
> without using (2) or (3) method. I bet he know what it means.. And
> classifying locks/waiters correctly is not something uglifying code but
> a way to document code better. I've felt ill at ease because of the
> unnatural and forced explanation.
> --
> Thanks,
> Byungchul

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