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Date:   Tue, 21 Aug 2018 09:08:14 -0700
From:   Tejun Heo <tj@...nel.org>
To:     Johannes Berg <johannes@...solutions.net>
Cc:     Lai Jiangshan <jiangshanlai@...il.com>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-wireless@...r.kernel.org,
        Johannes Berg <johannes.berg@...el.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/2] workqueue: skip lockdep wq dependency in
 cancel_work_sync()

On Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 02:03:16PM +0200, Johannes Berg wrote:
> From: Johannes Berg <johannes.berg@...el.com>
> 
> In cancel_work_sync(), we can only have one of two cases, even
> with an ordered workqueue:
>  * the work isn't running, just cancelled before it started
>  * the work is running, but then nothing else can be on the
>    workqueue before it
> 
> Thus, we need to skip the lockdep workqueue dependency handling,
> otherwise we get false positive reports from lockdep saying that
> we have a potential deadlock when the workqueue also has other
> work items with locking, e.g.
> 
>   work1_function() { mutex_lock(&mutex); ... }
>   work2_function() { /* nothing */ }
> 
>   other_function() {
>     queue_work(ordered_wq, &work1);
>     queue_work(ordered_wq, &work2);
>     mutex_lock(&mutex);
>     cancel_work_sync(&work2);
>   }
> 
> As described above, this isn't a problem, but lockdep will
> currently flag it as if cancel_work_sync() was flush_work(),
> which *is* a problem.
> 
> Signed-off-by: Johannes Berg <johannes.berg@...el.com>
> ---
>  kernel/workqueue.c | 37 ++++++++++++++++++++++---------------
>  1 file changed, 22 insertions(+), 15 deletions(-)
> 
> diff --git a/kernel/workqueue.c b/kernel/workqueue.c
> index 78b192071ef7..a6c2b823f348 100644
> --- a/kernel/workqueue.c
> +++ b/kernel/workqueue.c
> @@ -2843,7 +2843,8 @@ void drain_workqueue(struct workqueue_struct *wq)
>  }
>  EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(drain_workqueue);
>  
> -static bool start_flush_work(struct work_struct *work, struct wq_barrier *barr)
> +static bool start_flush_work(struct work_struct *work, struct wq_barrier *barr,
> +			     bool from_cancel)
>  {
>  	struct worker *worker = NULL;
>  	struct worker_pool *pool;
> @@ -2885,7 +2886,8 @@ static bool start_flush_work(struct work_struct *work, struct wq_barrier *barr)
>  	 * workqueues the deadlock happens when the rescuer stalls, blocking
>  	 * forward progress.
>  	 */
> -	if (pwq->wq->saved_max_active == 1 || pwq->wq->rescuer) {
> +	if (!from_cancel &&
> +	    (pwq->wq->saved_max_active == 1 || pwq->wq->rescuer)) {
>  		lock_map_acquire(&pwq->wq->lockdep_map);
>  		lock_map_release(&pwq->wq->lockdep_map);
>  	}

But this can lead to a deadlock.  I'd much rather err on the side of
discouraging complex lock dancing around ordered workqueues, no?

Thanks.

-- 
tejun

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