[PATCH 12/25] sysfs: Introduce sysfs_rename_mutex

Tejun Heo teheo at suse.de
Wed Aug 8 01:23:11 PDT 2007

Tejun Heo wrote:
> Hello, Eric.
> Eric W. Biederman wrote:
>> Looking carefully at the rename code we have a subtle dependency
>> that the structure of sysfs not change while we are performing
>> a rename.  If the parent directory of the object we are renaming
>> changes while the rename is being performed nasty things could
>> happen when we go to release our locks.
>> So introduce a sysfs_rename_mutex to prevent this highly
>> unlikely theoretical issue.
> Yeah, it's a theoretical issue.  Rename/move implementation has always
> depended on the parent structure not changing beneath it, but it's nice
> to tighten up loose ends.
>> +DEFINE_MUTEX(sysfs_rename_mutex);
> Probably doesn't really matter but wouldn't a rwsem fit better?
>> @@ -774,7 +775,7 @@ static struct dentry *__sysfs_get_dentry(struct super_block *sb, struct sysfs_di
>>   *	down from there looking up dentry for each step.
>>   *
>>   *	LOCKING:
>> - *	Kernel thread context (may sleep)
>> + *	mutex_lock(sysfs_rename_mutex)
> LOCKING describes what locks should be held when entering the function,
> so proper description would be something like...
> 	Kernel thread context, grabs sysfs_rename_mutex

Oops, forget about the above.  Thought the comment was added to


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