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SubjectRe: [dm-devel] [PATCH 1/3] list_bl: Add hlist_bl_add_before/behind helpers
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On 3/14/19 4:07 PM, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> 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?

Yes, Of course. I will add an extra patch removing the WRITE_ONCE() from
hlist_add_behind().

Thanks,
Nikos

>
>> 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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