sound/pcm/* bugs (was: Re: page fault panic tracked down (selwakeuppri()) - really sound/pcm/*)

Bruce Evans bde at
Wed Jan 7 00:15:58 PST 2004

On Tue, 6 Jan 2004, Don Lewis wrote:

> [... lots of good stuff]
> I found another bug, though.  Holding a mutex across a malloc() call is
> not allowed because malloc() can sleep, and sleeping while holding a
> mutex is not allowed.  sndbuf_resize() sndbuf_remalloc() both call
> malloc() to allocate buffers, and sndbuf_alloc() and sndbuf_setup() call
> sndbuf_resize().  The problem is that chn_setblocksize() calls
> sndbuf_remalloc() while the channel mutex is held.  We can't just unlock
> the mutex around the sndbuf_remalloc() call because the channel
> interrupt service routine could run while the buffer is being
> re-allocated.  It would be best if the channel were to be shut down when
> re-allocating the buffer.  This is likely to be messy since
> chn_setblocksize() is called from lots of different places.

Er, its an M_NOWAIT malloc(), so it can't sleep.  M_WAITOK malloc()s
in interrupt handlers would also be bugs, but that is not a problem
here for the same reason.

There should be more checks for potential sleeps while holding a mutex.


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