2007/11/24, Robert Watson :
> On Fri, 23 Nov 2007, Stephan Uphoff wrote:
> >>> I talked with Attilio about that on IRC. Most common cases of writer
> >>> starvation (but not all) could be solved by keeping a per thread count of
> >>> shared acquired rwlocks. If a rwlock is currently locked as shared/read
> >>> AND a thread is blocked on it to lock it exclusively/write - then new
> >>> shared/read locks will only be granted to thread that already has a shared
> >>> lock. (per thread shared counter is non zero)
> >>>
> >>> To be honest I am a bit twitchy about a lock without priority propagation
> >>> - especially since in FreeBSD threads run with user priority in kernel
> >>> space and can get preempted.
> >>
> >> That's an interesting hack, I guess it could be done.
> >>
> >> I would still like to disallow recursion.
> >>

> > Oh - I am all for disallowing recursion. In my opinion the only valid place
> > for a thread to acquire the same lock multiple times is inside a transaction
> > system with full deadlock detection. The question is if we can do that this
> > late in the game? Maybe we could make non recursive the default and add a
> > call rw_allow_recurse or rw_init_recurse to allow recursion on a lock if we
> > can't get away with the straight out removal of the option? (Or less
> > desirable - keep the current default and add functions to disallow
> > recursion)

> While I'm no great fan of recursion, the reality is that many of our kernel
> subsystems are not yet ready to disallow recursion on locks. Take a look at
> the cases where we explicitly enable recursive acquisition for mutexes--in
> practice, most network stack mutexes are recursive due to the recursive
> calling in the network stack. While someday I'd like to think we'll be able
> to eliminate some of that, but it won't be soon since it requires significant
> reworking of very complicated code. The current model in which recursion is
> explicitly enabled only where still required seems to work pretty well for the
> existing code, although it's hard to say yet in the code I've looked at
> whether read recursion would be required--the situations I have in mind would
> require purely write recursion. There's one case in the UNIX domain socket
> code where we do a locked test and conditional lock/unlock with an rwlock for
> exclusive locking because recursion isn't currently supported, and that's not
> a usage I'd like to encourage more of.

I think however that Stephan is just referring to the readers
recursion (as we are doing) that if present should be just in few
If we want todo a radical switch of this genre this is the right
moment, just before rwlock became too widespread.

I have a patch against witness which would check for readers recursion
and panic, I will post in the night or tomorrow.


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