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Date:   Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:36:37 -0800
From:   Tejun Heo <>
To:     Rasmus Villemoes <>
Cc:     Arjan van de Ven <>,,
        Lai Jiangshan <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Revert "async: simplify lowest_in_progress()"

On Mon, Nov 20, 2017 at 11:51:47PM +0100, Rasmus Villemoes wrote:
> This reverts commit 92266d6ef60c2381c980c6cdcb2a5c1667b36b49, which
> was simply wrong: In the case where domain is NULL, we now use the
> wrong offsetof() in the list_first_entry macro, so we don't actually
> fetch the ->cookie value, but rather the eight bytes located
> sizeof(struct list_head) further into the struct async_entry.
> On 64 bit, that's the data member, while on 32 bit, we get a u64 built
> from func and data in some order.
> I think the bug happens to be harmless in practice: It obviously only
> affects callers which pass a NULL domain, and AFAICT the only such
> caller is
>   async_synchronize_full() ->
>   async_synchronize_full_domain(NULL) ->
>   async_synchronize_cookie_domain(ASYNC_COOKIE_MAX, NULL)
> and the ASYNC_COOKIE_MAX means that in practice we end up waiting for
> the async_global_pending list to be empty - but it would break if
> somebody happened to pass (void*)-1 as the data element to
> async_schedule, and of course also if somebody ever does a
> async_synchronize_cookie_domain(, NULL) with a "finite" cookie value.
> Cc: # 3.10+
> Signed-off-by: Rasmus Villemoes <>

Ughh... indeed.

Acked-by: Tejun Heo <>

Sorry about that.  Can you please resend the patch w/ Andrew Morton
cc'd?  I think it'd be best to route this through -mm.



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