[PATCH v5 04/46] pwm: get rid of pwm->lock
boris.brezillon at free-electrons.com
Tue Apr 12 04:32:55 PDT 2016
On Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:22:46 +0200
Thierry Reding <thierry.reding at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 10:03:27PM +0200, Boris Brezillon wrote:
> > PWM devices are not protected against concurrent accesses. The lock in
> > pwm_device might let PWM users think it is, but it's actually only
> > protecting the enabled state.
> > Removing this lock should be fine as long as all PWM users are aware that
> > accesses to the PWM device have to be serialized, which seems to be the
> > case for all of them except the sysfs interface.
> > Patch the sysfs code by adding a lock to the pwm_export struct and making
> > sure it's taken for all accesses to the exported PWM device.
> > Signed-off-by: Boris Brezillon <boris.brezillon at free-electrons.com>
> > ---
> > drivers/pwm/core.c | 19 ++++--------------
> > drivers/pwm/sysfs.c | 57 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----------
> > include/linux/pwm.h | 2 --
> > 3 files changed, 50 insertions(+), 28 deletions(-)
> This is a little overzealous. Only accesses that can cause races need to
> be protected by the lock. All of the *_show() callbacks don't modify the
> PWM device in any way, so there is no need to protect them against
> concurrent accesses.
This is probably true for this set of changes, but what will happen
when we'll switch to the atomic API? There's no guarantee that
pwm->state = *newstate is done atomically, and you may see a partially
updated state when calling pwm_get_state() while another thread is
Boris Brezillon, Free Electrons
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