devctl (alike?) for devfs

Kostik Belousov kostikbel at
Fri Apr 25 14:37:00 UTC 2008

On Fri, Apr 25, 2008 at 05:12:12PM +0300, Andriy Gapon wrote:
> on 25/04/2008 12:50 Kostik Belousov said the following:
> >Did you run this with WITNESS ?
> >
> >You put the whole devctl_notify() call under the dev_mtx. This includes
> >the malloc(), PROC_LOCK() and signalling, and some internal devctl_queue()
> >stuff. This is wrong.
> Kostik,
> I tried this patch only with my working (non-debug) configuration.
> I will try with WITNESS.
> You think that acquiring all those locks while holding dev_mtx is bad?
> I can try to place devctl_notify calls in make_dev_credv, make_dev_alias 
> and destroy_dev. The problem that I see is that destroy_devl ('l' at the 
> end) calls itself recursively for child devices, this is all done under 
> dev_mtx. So I am not sure how to call devctl_notify for those child 
> devices properly.
The malloc and free cannot be called while holding dev_mtx, this causes
the LORs. Please, look at the rev. 1.207, 1.210 of the kern/kern_conf.c
for the workarounds for the malloc issues. It seems that you may abuse the
dev_unlock_and_free() to make the notifications.

Also, I think it is wrong to establish the lock ordering relations
between the process subsystem and cdev.
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