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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] Please pull proc and exec work for 5.7-rc1
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On 4/3/20 4:59 PM, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 3, 2020 at 1:41 PM Waiman Long <longman@redhat.com> wrote:
>> Another alternative is to add new functions like down_read_unfair() that
>> perform unfair read locking for its callers. That will require less code
>> change, but the calling functions have to make the right choice.
> I'd prefer the static choice model - and I'd hide this in some
> "task_cred_read_lock()" function anyway rather than have the users do
> "mutex_lock_killable(&task->signal->cred_guard_mutex)" like they do
> now.
>
> How nasty would it be to add the "upgrade" op? I took a quick look,
> but that just made me go "Waiman would know" ;)
>
> Linus
>
With static choice, you mean defined at init time. Right? In that case,
you don't really need a special encapsulation function.

With upgrade, if there is only one reader, it is pretty straight
forward. With more than one readers, it gets more complicated as we have
to wait for other readers to unlock. We can spin for a certain period of
time. After that, that reader can use the handoff mechanism by queuing
itself in front the wait queue before releasing the read lock and go to
sleep. That will make sure that it will get the lock once all the other
readers exits. For an unfair rwsem, the writer cannot assert the handoff
bit and so it shouldn't interfere with this upgrade process.

If there are multiple upgrade readers, only one can win the race. The
others have to release the read lock and queue themselves as writers.
Will that be acceptable?

Cheers,
Longman



Cheers,
Longman

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