LOR: /sys/ufs/ffs/ffs_snapshot.c:1893 /sys/vm/vm_map.c:2206

Robert Watson rwatson at FreeBSD.org
Fri Apr 30 19:13:26 PDT 2004

On Fri, 30 Apr 2004, Brian Fundakowski Feldman wrote:

> I haven't seen it myself, but it seems like it's only going to happen
> sometimes (when a full page is freed).  There's really no technical
> reason you'd ever want to do a free(9) with locks held, so I suggest
> fixing it in the straightforward way. 

While I sympathize with this point, I don't think it's realistic to assert
that free() will never be called while helding a lock.  Once the mbuf
allocator backs into regular malloc() and free(); the network stack relies
on being able to perform wait-free allocation and free while locks are
held, since it uses locks as a light-weight form of reference-counting.

Robert N M Watson             FreeBSD Core Team, TrustedBSD Projects
robert at fledge.watson.org      Senior Research Scientist, McAfee Research

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