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Date:	Mon, 1 Feb 2010 21:32:30 +0100
From:	John Kacur <jkacur@...il.com>
To:	Thadeu Lima de Souza Cascardo <cascardo@...oscopio.com>
Cc:	Arnd Bergmann <arnd@...db.de>, Samuel Ortiz <samuel@...tiz.org>,
	"David S. Miller" <davem@...emloft.net>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] irda: remove BKL from irnet open function

On Mon, Feb 1, 2010 at 7:18 PM, Thadeu Lima de Souza Cascardo
<cascardo@...oscopio.com> wrote:
> Commit cddf63d99d0d145f18b293c3d0de4af7dab2a922 has push down the BKL
> into irnet open function. However, there's nothing that needs locking in
> there.
>
> Signed-off-by: Thadeu Lima de Souza Cascardo <cascardo@...oscopio.com>
> ---
>  net/irda/irnet/irnet_ppp.c |    3 ---
>  1 files changed, 0 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/net/irda/irnet/irnet_ppp.c b/net/irda/irnet/irnet_ppp.c
> index 156020d..d6b502c 100644
> --- a/net/irda/irnet/irnet_ppp.c
> +++ b/net/irda/irnet/irnet_ppp.c
> @@ -479,7 +479,6 @@ dev_irnet_open(struct inode *       inode,
>   ap = kzalloc(sizeof(*ap), GFP_KERNEL);
>   DABORT(ap == NULL, -ENOMEM, FS_ERROR, "Can't allocate struct irnet...\n");
>
> -  lock_kernel();
>   /* initialize the irnet structure */
>   ap->file = file;
>
> @@ -501,7 +500,6 @@ dev_irnet_open(struct inode *       inode,
>     {
>       DERROR(FS_ERROR, "Can't setup IrDA link...\n");
>       kfree(ap);
> -      unlock_kernel();
>       return err;
>     }
>
> @@ -512,7 +510,6 @@ dev_irnet_open(struct inode *       inode,
>   file->private_data = ap;
>
>   DEXIT(FS_TRACE, " - ap=0x%p\n", ap);
> -  unlock_kernel();
>   return 0;
>  }
>
> --
> 1.6.6.1

This is probably NOT safe to do, because the BKL is synchronizing the
ioctl code.

Thanks
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