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Date:	Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:03:29 +0100
From:	Arend van Spriel <arend@...adcom.com>
To:	Neil Horman <nhorman@...driver.com>,
	Monam Agarwal <monamagarwal123@...il.com>
CC:	<rcj@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>, <mhcerri@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>,
	<fin@...ux.vnet.ibm.com>, <herbert@...dor.apana.org.au>,
	<davem@...emloft.net>, <linux-crypto@...r.kernel.org>,
	<linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] drivers/crypto: Use RCU_INIT_POINTER(x, NULL) in nx/nx-842.c

On 24/03/14 12:16, Neil Horman wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 01:01:04AM +0530, Monam Agarwal wrote:
>> This patch replaces rcu_assign_pointer(x, NULL) with RCU_INIT_POINTER(x, NULL)
>>
>> The rcu_assign_pointer() ensures that the initialization of a structure
>> is carried out before storing a pointer to that structure.
>> And in the case of the NULL pointer, there is no structure to initialize.
>> So, rcu_assign_pointer(p, NULL) can be safely converted to RCU_INIT_POINTER(p, NULL)
>>
>> Signed-off-by: Monam Agarwal <monamagarwal123@...il.com>
>> ---
>>   drivers/crypto/nx/nx-842.c |    4 ++--
>>   1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
>>
>> diff --git a/drivers/crypto/nx/nx-842.c b/drivers/crypto/nx/nx-842.c
>> index 1e5481d..c4fcbf4 100644
>> --- a/drivers/crypto/nx/nx-842.c
>> +++ b/drivers/crypto/nx/nx-842.c
>> @@ -1234,7 +1234,7 @@ static int __exit nx842_remove(struct vio_dev *viodev)
>>   	old_devdata = rcu_dereference_check(devdata,
>>   			lockdep_is_held(&devdata_mutex));
>>   	of_reconfig_notifier_unregister(&nx842_of_nb);
>> -	rcu_assign_pointer(devdata, NULL);
>> +	RCU_INIT_POINTER(devdata, NULL);
>>   	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&devdata_mutex, flags);
>>   	synchronize_rcu();
>>   	dev_set_drvdata(&viodev->dev, NULL);
>> @@ -1285,7 +1285,7 @@ static void __exit nx842_exit(void)
>>   	spin_lock_irqsave(&devdata_mutex, flags);
>>   	old_devdata = rcu_dereference_check(devdata,
>>   			lockdep_is_held(&devdata_mutex));
>> -	rcu_assign_pointer(devdata, NULL);
>> +	RCU_INIT_POINTER(devdata, NULL);
>>   	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&devdata_mutex, flags);
>>   	synchronize_rcu();
>>   	if (old_devdata)
>
> This really does't seem right.  rcu_assign_pointer users ACCESS_ONCE to protect
> against multiple loads that allow for concurrent read/write use with parallel
> rcu_dereference calls, whereas RCU_INIT_POINTER does not.  It also just doesn't
> look right.  We've already initalized the pointerin nx842_init, we don't need to
> re-initalize it here, we need to assign it to NULL.

I was being cautious as well, but Paul gave me an explanation [1]

Hope it helps you as well ;-)

But I think I also saw a patch that modifies rcu_assign_pointer to 
handle NULL assignment. Don't recall the thread.

Regards,
Arend

[1] http://mid.gmane.org/20140320150601.GK4405@linux.vnet.ibm.com

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