[PATCH] hvc_console: provide (un)locked version for hvc_resize()

Hendrik Brueckner brueckner at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Thu Aug 27 21:45:39 EST 2009

On Thu, Aug 27, 2009 at 07:27:23PM +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-08-27 at 10:08 +0100, Alan Cox wrote:
> So at this stage, I think the reasonably thing to do is to stick to the
> spinlock, but we can try to make it a bit smarter, and we can definitely
> attempt to fix the case Amit pointed out where we call resize without a
> lock while it seems to expect it (though we also need to be careful
> about re-entrancy I believe).

I have worked on a patch for providing a locked hvc_resize() function.
Since only two back-ends (virtio_console and hvc_iucv) use the function,
I decided to update my hvc_iucv back-end through renaming the function
call as follows:

Rename the locking free hvc_resize() function to __hvc_resize() and
provide an inline function that locks the hvc_struct and calls

The rationale for this patch is that virtio_console calls the hvc_resize()
function without locking the hvc_struct.
According to naming rules, the unlocked version is renamed and
prefixed with "__".
References to unlocked function calls in hvc back-ends has been updated.

Signed-off-by: Hendrik Brueckner <brueckner at linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Acked-by: Christian Borntraeger <borntraeger at de.ibm.com>
 drivers/char/hvc_console.c |    6 +++---
 drivers/char/hvc_console.h |   12 +++++++++++-
 drivers/char/hvc_iucv.c    |    4 +++-
 3 files changed, 17 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

--- a/drivers/char/hvc_console.c
+++ b/drivers/char/hvc_console.c
@@ -680,7 +680,7 @@ int hvc_poll(struct hvc_struct *hp)
- * hvc_resize() - Update terminal window size information.
+ * __hvc_resize() - Update terminal window size information.
  * @hp:		HVC console pointer
  * @ws:		Terminal window size structure
@@ -689,12 +689,12 @@ EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(hvc_poll);
  * Locking:	Locking free; the function MUST be called holding hp->lock
-void hvc_resize(struct hvc_struct *hp, struct winsize ws)
+void __hvc_resize(struct hvc_struct *hp, struct winsize ws)
 	hp->ws = ws;
  * This kthread is either polling or interrupt driven.  This is determined by
--- a/drivers/char/hvc_console.h
+++ b/drivers/char/hvc_console.h
@@ -28,6 +28,7 @@
 #define HVC_CONSOLE_H
 #include <linux/kref.h>
 #include <linux/tty.h>
+#include <linux/spinlock.h>
  * This is the max number of console adapters that can/will be found as
@@ -88,7 +89,16 @@ int hvc_poll(struct hvc_struct *hp);
 void hvc_kick(void);
 /* Resize hvc tty terminal window */
-extern void hvc_resize(struct hvc_struct *hp, struct winsize ws);
+extern void __hvc_resize(struct hvc_struct *hp, struct winsize ws);
+static inline void hvc_resize(struct hvc_struct *hp, struct winsize ws)
+	unsigned long flags;
+	spin_lock_irqsave(&hp->lock, flags);
+	__hvc_resize(hp, ws);
+	spin_unlock_irqrestore(&hp->lock, flags);
 /* default notifier for irq based notification */
 extern int notifier_add_irq(struct hvc_struct *hp, int data);
--- a/drivers/char/hvc_iucv.c
+++ b/drivers/char/hvc_iucv.c
@@ -273,7 +273,9 @@ static int hvc_iucv_write(struct hvc_iuc
 		if (rb->mbuf->datalen != sizeof(struct winsize))
-		hvc_resize(priv->hvc, *((struct winsize *) rb->mbuf->data));
+		/* The caller must ensure that the hvc is locked, which
+		 * is the case when called from hvc_iucv_get_chars() */
+		__hvc_resize(priv->hvc, *((struct winsize *) rb->mbuf->data));
 	case MSG_TYPE_ERROR:	/* ignored ... */

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