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From: Ahmad Fatoum <>
Cc: Ahmad Fatoum <>
Subject: [PATCH v3 2/4] slice: reschedule bthreads doing File I/O in command context
Date: Mon,  3 May 2021 14:45:06 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

Currently, without locks, it's unsafe to do file I/O outside of
the main thread, be it in pollers or secondary bthreads.

Pollers side step this issue by deferring file I/O to workqueues
that run in command context: the time when the shell is waiting
for input.

For bthreads, we can do something similar without involving
workqueues: We just suspend threads until they are scheduled in
command context.

This is not a full solution: Not everything that should
assert_command_context() does so, so you still can't do absolutely
everything in a secondary bthread. To get there, we will need
to distribute locks across the code base, but that's a patchset
for another time.

Signed-off-by: Ahmad Fatoum <>
 include/slice.h | 6 ++++--
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/include/slice.h b/include/slice.h
index cf684300a809..abe819163d32 100644
--- a/include/slice.h
+++ b/include/slice.h
@@ -40,8 +40,10 @@ extern int poller_active;
 #define assert_command_context() do { \
 		  "%s called in poller\n", __func__); \
-	WARN_ONCE(IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_BTHREAD) && !bthread_is_main(current), \
-		  "%s called in secondary bthread\n", __func__); \
+	if (IS_ENABLED(CONFIG_BTHREAD) && !bthread_is_main(current)) { \
+		while (slice_acquired(&command_slice)) \
+			bthread_reschedule(); \
+	} \
 } while (0)

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  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-05-03 12:46 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-05-03 12:45 [PATCH v3 0/4] usbgadget: add support for USB mass storage gadget Ahmad Fatoum
2021-05-03 12:45 ` [PATCH v3 1/4] bthread: implement basic Linux-like completion API Ahmad Fatoum
2021-05-03 12:45 ` Ahmad Fatoum [this message]
2021-05-03 12:45 ` [PATCH v3 3/4] usbgadget: refactor usbgadget_register to accept array Ahmad Fatoum
2021-05-03 12:45 ` [PATCH v3 4/4] usbgadget: add support for USB mass storage gadget Ahmad Fatoum

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