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Date:   Tue, 21 May 2019 06:05:31 -0400
From:   "Michael S. Tsirkin" <>
To:     Stefano Garzarella <>
Cc:     Jason Wang <>,,
        Stefan Hajnoczi <>
Subject: Re: Question about IRQs during the .remove() of virtio-vsock driver

On Tue, May 21, 2019 at 11:44:07AM +0200, Stefano Garzarella wrote:
> Hi Micheal, Jason,
> as suggested by Stefan, I'm checking if we have some races in the
> virtio-vsock driver. We found some races in the .probe() and .remove()
> with the upper layer (socket) and I'll fix it.
> Now my attention is on the bottom layer (virtio device) and my question is:
> during the .remove() of virtio-vsock driver (virtio_vsock_remove), could happen
> that an IRQ comes and one of our callback (e.g. virtio_vsock_rx_done()) is
> executed, queueing new works?
> I tried to follow the code in both cases (device unplugged or module removed)
> and maybe it couldn't happen because we remove it from bus's knowledge,
> but I'm not sure and your advice would be very helpful.
> Thanks in advance,
> Stefano

Great question! This should be better documented: patches welcome!

Here's my understanding:

A typical removal flow works like this:

- prevent linux from sending new kick requests to device
  and flush such outstanding requests if any
  (device can still send notifications to linux)

- call
  this will flush all device writes and interrupts.
  device will not use any more buffers.
  previously outstanding callbacks might still be active.

- Then call
  to flush outstanding callbacks if any.


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