[PATCH RFC v1 2/5] clk: add missing lock when call clk_core_enable in clk_set_parent

Dong Aisheng b29396 at freescale.com
Mon May 4 01:35:51 PDT 2015

On Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 12:07:47PM -0700, Stephen Boyd wrote:
> On 04/15/15 07:26, Dong Aisheng wrote:
> > clk_core_enable is executed without &enable_clock in clk_set_parent function.
> > Adding it to avoid potential race condition issue.
> >
> > Fixes: 035a61c314eb ("clk: Make clk API return per-user struct clk instances")
> > Cc: Mike Turquette <mturquette at linaro.org>
> > Cc: Stephen Boyd <sboyd at codeaurora.org>
> > Signed-off-by: Dong Aisheng <aisheng.dong at freescale.com>
> > ---
> Can you please describe the race condition? From what I can tell there
> is not a race condition here and we've gone around on this part of the
> code before to fix any race conditions.

Do you mean we do not need to acquire enable lock when execute clk_core_enable
in set_parent function? Can you help explain a bit more why?

The clk doc looks to me says the enable lock should be held across calls to
the .enable, .disable and .is_enabled operations.

And before the commit
035a61c314eb ("clk: Make clk API return per-user struct clk instances"),
all the clk_enable/disable in set_parent() is executed with lock.

A rough thinking of race condition is assuming Thread A calls
clk_set_parent(x, y) while Thread B calls clk_enable(x), clock x is disabled
but prepared initially, due to clk_core_enable in set_parent() is not
executed with enable clock, the clk_core_enable may be reentrant during
the locking time executed by B.
Won't this be a race condition?

Dong Aisheng

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