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From: Saurabh Desai <>
To: Ingo Molnar <>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <>,
Subject: Re: [patch] thread-flock-2.5.38-A3
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 13:48:05 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0209251030170.5122-100000@localhost.localdomain>

Ingo Molnar wrote:
> Ulrich found another small detail wrt. POSIX requirements for threads -
> this time it's the recursion features (read-held lock being write-locked
> means an upgrade if the same 'process' is the owner, means a deadlock if a
> different 'process').
I had submitted same patch on May,31st and got the following
response from Matthew Wilcox. Removing the pid check from the
locks_same_owner() will fix this problem.

==================== Matthew Wilcox's response ====================
Saurabh Desai believes that locks created by threads should not conflict
with each other.  I'm inclined to agree; I don't know why the test for
->fl_pid was added, but the comment suggests that whoever added it wasn't
sure either.

Frankly, I have no clue about the intended semantics for threads, and
SUS v3 does not offer any enlightenment.  But it seems reasonable that
processes which share a files_struct should share locks.  After all,
if one process closes the fd, they'll remove locks belonging to the
other process.

Here's a patch generated against 2.4; it also applies to 2.5.
Please apply.

===== fs/locks.c 1.9 vs edited =====
--- 1.9/fs/locks.c      Mon Jun  3 18:49:43 2002
+++ edited/fs/locks.c   Fri Jun  7 21:24:12 2002
@@ -380,15 +380,12 @@
- * Check whether two locks have the same owner
- * N.B. Do we need the test on PID as well as owner?
- * (Clone tasks should be considered as one "owner".)
+ * Locks are deemed to have the same owner if the tasks share files_struct.
 static inline int
 locks_same_owner(struct file_lock *fl1, struct file_lock *fl2)
-       return (fl1->fl_owner == fl2->fl_owner) &&
-              (fl1->fl_pid   == fl2->fl_pid);
+       return (fl1->fl_owner == fl2->fl_owner);
 /* Remove waiter from blocker's block list.

      reply	other threads:[~2002-09-26 18:43 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 2+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2002-09-25  8:35 Ingo Molnar
2002-09-26 18:48 ` Saurabh Desai [this message]

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