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SubjectRe: [dm-devel] [PATCH 1/3] list_bl: Add hlist_bl_add_before/behind helpers
On Thu, Mar 14, 2019 at 03:28:23PM +0200, Nikos Tsironis wrote:
> On 3/14/19 2:30 AM, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 13 2019 at 7:48pm -0400,
> > Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.ibm.com> wrote:
> >
> Hi Paul,
>
> Thanks a lot for your feedback!

NP, and apologies for the delay.

> >> On Thu, Feb 28, 2019 at 04:32:02PM -0500, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> >>> On Thu, Dec 20 2018 at 1:06pm -0500,
> >>> Nikos Tsironis <ntsironis@arrikto.com> wrote:
> >>>
> >>>> Add hlist_bl_add_before/behind helpers to add an element before/after an
> >>>> existing element in a bl_list.
> >>>>
> >>>> Signed-off-by: Nikos Tsironis <ntsironis@arrikto.com>
> >>>> Signed-off-by: Ilias Tsitsimpis <iliastsi@arrikto.com>
> >>>> ---
> >>>> include/linux/list_bl.h | 27 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> >>>> 1 file changed, 27 insertions(+)
> >>>>
> >>>> diff --git a/include/linux/list_bl.h b/include/linux/list_bl.h
> >>>> index 3fc2cc57ba1b..2fd918e5fd48 100644
> >>>> --- a/include/linux/list_bl.h
> >>>> +++ b/include/linux/list_bl.h
> >>>> @@ -86,6 +86,33 @@ static inline void hlist_bl_add_head(struct hlist_bl_node *n,
> >>>> hlist_bl_set_first(h, n);
> >>>> }
> >>>>
> >>>> +static inline void hlist_bl_add_before(struct hlist_bl_node *n,
> >>>> + struct hlist_bl_node *next)
> >>>> +{
> >>>> + struct hlist_bl_node **pprev = next->pprev;
> >>>> +
> >>>> + n->pprev = pprev;
> >>>> + n->next = next;
> >>>> + next->pprev = &n->next;
> >>>> +
> >>>> + /* pprev may be `first`, so be careful not to lose the lock bit */
> >>>> + WRITE_ONCE(*pprev,
> >>>> + (struct hlist_bl_node *)
> >>>> + ((unsigned long)n |
> >>>> + ((unsigned long)*pprev & LIST_BL_LOCKMASK)));
> >>
> >> A nit, but use of uintptr_t shrinks things a bit:
> >>
> >> + (struct hlist_bl_node *)
> >> + ((uintptr_t)n | ((uintptr_t)*pprev & LIST_BL_LOCKMASK)));
> >>
> >> I am not too concerned about this, though.
> >
> > I'm fine with folding in your suggestion.
>
> Indeed, this looks better.
>
> >> The WRITE_ONCE() is to handle races with hlist_bl_empty() (which does contain
> >> the corresponding READ_ONCE()) correct?
> >
> > Correct.
>
> Yes that's correct.
>
> >>>> +}
> >>>> +
> >>>> +static inline void hlist_bl_add_behind(struct hlist_bl_node *n,
> >>>> + struct hlist_bl_node *prev)
> >>>> +{
> >>>> + n->next = prev->next;
> >>>> + n->pprev = &prev->next;
> >>>> + WRITE_ONCE(prev->next, n);
> >>
> >> I don't see what this WRITE_ONCE() is interacting with. The traversals
> >> use plain C-language reads, and hlist_bl_empty() can't get here. All
> >> uses of hlist_bl_for_each_entry() invoke hlist_bl_lock() before starting
> >> the traversal, and hlist_bl_for_each_entry_safe() looks to be unused.
> >> (Perhaps it should be removed? Or is there some anticipated use?)
>
> I am using hlist_bl_for_each_entry_safe() in this proposed patch for
> dm-snapshot: https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/10835709/

Probably should keep it, then. ;-)

> >>
> >> I don't believe that the WRITE_ONCE() is needed. What am I missing?
> >>
> >> Other than that, looks good.
> >>
> >> Thanx, Paul
> >>
> >
> > I'd imagine it was just born out of symmetry with hlist_bl_add_before()
> > and/or caution. But let's see what Nikos has to say.
>
> I also don't believe that this WRITE_SAME() is needed. But, looking at
> hlist_add_behind() in include/linux/list.h, which, if I am not missing
> something, is used in the same way as hlist_bl_add_behind(), it also
> uses WRITE_ONCE() to update prev->next:
>
> static inline void hlist_add_behind(struct hlist_node *n,
> struct hlist_node *prev)
> {
> n->next = prev->next;
> WRITE_ONCE(prev->next, n);
> n->pprev = &prev->next;
>
> if (n->next)
> n->next->pprev = &n->next;
> }
>
> Could it be the case that the WRITE_ONCE() in hlist_add_behind() is also
> not needed? This WRITE_ONCE() was introduced by commit 1c97be677f72b3
> ("list: Use WRITE_ONCE() when adding to lists and hlists").

Looks like I have no one to blame but myself!

Would you like to remove that as part of your patch series?

> But, since I am not an expert in lockless programming, I opted to be on
> the safe side and followed the example of hlist_add_behind().
>
> That said, I will follow up with a new version of the patch removing the
> WRITE_ONCE() and using uintptr_t instead of unsigned long.

Sounds good!

Thanx, Paul

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