windfarm: decrement client count when unregistering

Paul Bolle pebolle at
Fri Aug 7 08:21:47 AEST 2015

On wo, 2015-08-05 at 14:16 +1000, Michael Ellerman wrote:
> On Fri, 2015-31-07 at 12:08:58 UTC, Paul Bolle wrote:
> > windfarm_corex_exit() contains:
> >     BUG_ON(wf_client_count != 0);
> > 
> > I wonder why that, apparently. never triggered.
> Hmm interesting.
> A quick test here on an iMacG5 shows that we get into a state where we can't
> remove windfarm_core:
>   $ lsmod
>   Module                  Size  Used by
>   windfarm_smu_sensors    7549  2
>   windfarm_core          15391  1 windfarm_smu_sensors
> Which means we can't trigger windfarm_core_exit() and the BUG_ON().

Perhaps this is what, roughly, happens:

        /* Let's assume this happens ... */
        ads->sens.ops = &smu_cpuamp_ops
        ads-> = "cpu-current"
        /* ditto ... */
        ads->sens.ops = &smu_cpuvolt_ops
        ads-> = "cpu-voltage"

    /* ... so this would then be true */
    if (volt_sensor && curr_sensor)
        /* and we do this */
        smu_cpu_power_create(&volt_sensor->sens, &curr_sensor->sens)
                try_module_get(volt_sensor->sens->ops->owner /* THIS_MODULE */)
                try_module_get(curr_sensor->sens->ops->owner /* THIS_MODULE */)

The cleanup would have happened here:

    while (!list_empty(&smu_ads)
                /* would this also be done for sensors that never 
                 * triggered a call to module_get()? */
                module_put(ads->sens->ops->owner /* THIS MODULE */)

But, whatever it is that smu_sensors_exit() wants to do, it will never
be called since there are these two references to this module that
smu_sensors_init() created itself, preventing the unloading of this

Does the above look plausible?

Note that this was only cobbled together by staring at the code for far
too long. If I had some powerpc machine at hand I could have actually
tested this with a few strategically placed printk()'s.

> I also get an oops when removing windfarm_lm75_sensor, so I suspect there are
> gremlins in the module ref counting for windfarm.

(This I haven't (yet) looked into.)

> I'll merge this as probably correct.

Hope this helps,

Paul Bolle

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