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Subject[RFC PATCH v1] dma-fence-array: Deal with sub-fences that are signaled late
This is an RFC because I'm still trying to grok the correct behavior.

Consider a dma_fence_array created two two fence and signal_on_any is true.
A reference to dma_fence_array is taken for each waiting fence.

When the client calls dma_fence_wait() only one of the fences is signaled.
The client returns successfully from the wait and puts it's reference to
the array fence but the array fence still remains because of the remaining
un-signaled fence.

Now consider that the unsignaled fence is signaled while the timeline is being
destroyed much later. The timeline destroy calls dma_fence_signal_locked(). The
following sequence occurs:

1) dma_fence_array_cb_func is called

2) array->num_pending is 0 (because it was set to 1 due to signal_on_any) so the
callback function calls dma_fence_put() instead of triggering the irq work

3) The array fence is released which in turn puts the lingering fence which is
then released

4) deadlock with the timeline

I think that we can fix this with the attached patch. Once the fence is
signaled signaling it again in the irq worker shouldn't hurt anything. The only
gotcha might be how the error is propagated - I wasn't quite sure the intent of
clearing it only after getting to the irq worker.

Signed-off-by: Jordan Crouse <>

drivers/dma-buf/dma-fence-array.c | 10 ++++------
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/dma-buf/dma-fence-array.c b/drivers/dma-buf/dma-fence-array.c
index d3fbd950be94..b8829b024255 100644
--- a/drivers/dma-buf/dma-fence-array.c
+++ b/drivers/dma-buf/dma-fence-array.c
@@ -46,8 +46,6 @@ static void irq_dma_fence_array_work(struct irq_work *wrk)
struct dma_fence_array *array = container_of(wrk, typeof(*array), work);

- dma_fence_array_clear_pending_error(array);
@@ -61,10 +59,10 @@ static void dma_fence_array_cb_func(struct dma_fence *f,

dma_fence_array_set_pending_error(array, f->error);

- if (atomic_dec_and_test(&array->num_pending))
- irq_work_queue(&array->work);
- else
- dma_fence_put(&array->base);
+ if (!atomic_dec_and_test(&array->num_pending))
+ dma_fence_array_set_pending_error(array, f->error);
+ irq_work_queue(&array->work);

static bool dma_fence_array_enable_signaling(struct dma_fence *fence)
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