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Date:   Thu, 6 Jun 2019 09:28:25 -0500
From:   Pierre-Louis Bossart <>
To:     Srinivas Kandagatla <>,
        Sanyog Kale <>
Subject: Re: [alsa-devel] [PATCH v2] soundwire: stream: fix bad unlock balance

On 6/6/19 6:22 AM, Srinivas Kandagatla wrote:
> multi bank switching code takes lock on condition but releases without
> any check resulting in below warning.
> This patch fixes this.

Question to make sure we are talking about the same thing: multi-link 
bank switching is a capability beyond the scope of the SoundWire spec 
which requires hardware support to synchronize links and as Sanyog 
hinted at in a previous email follow a different flow for bank switches.

You would not use the multi-link mode if you have different links that 
can operate independently and have no synchronization requirement. You 
would conversely use the multi-link mode if you have two devices on the 
same type on different links and want audio to be rendered at the same time.

Can you clarify if indeed you were using the full-blown multi-link mode 
with hardware synchronization or a regular single-link operation? I am 
not asking for details of your test hardware, just trying to reconstruct 
the program flow leading to this problem.

It could also be that your commit message was meant to say:
"the msg lock is taken for multi-link cases only but released 
unconditionally, leading to an unlock balance warning for single-link 


>   =====================================
>   WARNING: bad unlock balance detected!
>   5.1.0-16506-gc1c383a6f0a2-dirty #1523 Tainted: G        W
>   -------------------------------------
>   aplay/2954 is trying to release lock (&bus->msg_lock) at:
>   do_bank_switch+0x21c/0x480
>   but there are no more locks to release!
> Signed-off-by: Srinivas Kandagatla <>
> ---
>   drivers/soundwire/stream.c | 3 ++-
>   1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/drivers/soundwire/stream.c b/drivers/soundwire/stream.c
> index ce9cb7fa4724..73c52cd4fec8 100644
> --- a/drivers/soundwire/stream.c
> +++ b/drivers/soundwire/stream.c
> @@ -814,7 +814,8 @@ static int do_bank_switch(struct sdw_stream_runtime *stream)
>   			goto error;
>   		}
> -		mutex_unlock(&bus->msg_lock);
> +		if (bus->multi_link)
> +			mutex_unlock(&bus->msg_lock);
>   	}
>   	return ret;

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