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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86/resctrl: Fix potential lockdep warning
On Thu, Nov 07, 2019 at 06:36:36AM +0800, Xiaochen Shen wrote:
> rdtgroup_cpus_write() and mkdir_rdt_prepare() call
> rdtgroup_kn_lock_live() -> kernfs_to_rdtgroup() to get 'rdtgrp', and
> then call rdt_last_cmd_xxx() functions which will check if

Write those names like this:

rdt_last_cmd_{clear,puts,...} but not with an "xxx" which confuses
people unfamiliar with the code.

> rdtgroup_mutex is held/requires its caller to hold rdtgroup_mutex.
> But if 'rdtgrp' returned from kernfs_to_rdtgroup() is NULL,
> rdtgroup_mutex is not held and calling rdt_last_cmd_xxx() will result
> in a lockdep warning.

That's more of a self-incurred lockdep warning. You can't be calling
lockdep_assert_held() after a function which doesn't always grab the
mutex. Looks like the design needs changing here...

> Remove rdt_last_cmd_xxx() in these two paths. Just returning error
> should be sufficient to report to the user that the entry doesn't exist
> any more.

... or that.

In any case, you should consider fixing such patterns in the code as it
looks sub-optimal from where I'm standing.

Thx.

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Boris.

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