This is a discussion on Re: rwlocks, correctness over speed. - FreeBSD ; 2007/11/24, Robert Watson : > 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 ...
2007/11/24, Robert Watson
> 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.
Oh, I just didn't notice this -- rwlock are only present in 7.0 and in
7.0 they support recursion in exclusive mode, so I'm not sure what do
you mean with 'recursion isn't currently supported'.
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