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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/2] use DEFINE_DEBUGFS_ATTRIBUTE instead of DEFINE_SIMPLE_ATTRIBUTE
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On Sun, 2020-03-29 at 10:38 +0100, Jonathan Cameron wrote:
> On Sat, 28 Mar 2020 12:04:53 +0530
> Rohit Sarkar <rohitsarkar5398@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > The debugfs_create_file_unsafe method does not protect the fops given to
> > it from file removal. It must be used with DEFINE_DEBUGFS_ATTRIBUTE
> > which makes the fops aware of the file lifetime.
> >
> > Further using DEFINE_DEBUGFS_ATTRIBUTE along with
> > debugfs_create_file_unsafe significantly reduces the overhead introduced by
> > debugfs_create_file which creates a lifetime managing proxy around each
> > fops handed in. Refer [1] for more on this.
> >
> > Fixes the following warnings reported by coccinelle:
> > drivers/iio/imu//adis16460.c:126:0-23: WARNING: adis16460_flash_count_fops
> > should be defined with DEFINE_DEBUGFS_ATTRIBUTE
> > drivers/iio/imu//adis16460.c:108:0-23: WARNING: adis16460_product_id_fops
> > should be defined with DEFINE_DEBUGFS_ATTRIBUTE
> > drivers/iio/imu//adis16460.c:90:0-23: WARNING: adis16460_serial_number_fops
> > should be defined with DEFINE_DEBUGFS_ATTRIBUTE
> > drivers/iio/imu//adis16400.c:278:0-23: WARNING: adis16400_flash_count_fops
> > should be defined with DEFINE_DEBUGFS_ATTRIBUTE
> > drivers/iio/imu//adis16400.c:261:0-23: WARNING: adis16400_product_id_fops
> > should be defined with DEFINE_DEBUGFS_ATTRIBUTE
> >
> > [1]: https://lists.gt.net/linux/kernel/2369498
> >
> > Rohit Sarkar (2):
> > iio: imu: adis16400: use DEFINE_DEBUGFS_ATTRIBUTE instead of
> > DEFINE_SIMPLE_ATTRIBUTE
> > iio: imu: adis16460: use DEFINE_DEBUGFS_ATTRIBUTE instead of
> > DEFINE_SIMPLE_ATTRIBUTE
> >
> > drivers/iio/imu/adis16400.c | 4 ++--
> > drivers/iio/imu/adis16460.c | 6 +++---
> > 2 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)
> >
> Hi Rohit,
>
> You've opened a can of worms with this one. There as a previous series
> posted doing exactly this change back in 2019 by Zhong Jiang (cc'd)
>
> At the time I did a bit of looking into why this had been universally taken
> up cross tree and turned out there are some potential issues.
>
> Alexandru added it to the list of things to test, but I guess it got
> buried under other work and is still outstanding.
>

yep
my bad;
will try to make room these days for that old one


> https://lkml.org/lkml/2019/10/30/144
>
> Has Greg KH raising the point that file reference counting is changed (as you
> mention) but that can cause subtle bugs. It 'might' be fine but is
> definitely one that needs a tested-by from someone with the hardware.
>
> Jonathan
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