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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2] libxenstore: prefer using the character device

Wei Liu writes ("Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v2] libxenstore: prefer using the 
character device"):
> On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 09:04:38AM -0500, Jonathan Creekmore wrote:
> > With the addition of FMODE_ATOMIC_POS in the Linux 3.14 kernel,
> > concurrent blocking file accesses to a single open file descriptor can
> > cause a deadlock trying to grab the file position lock. If a watch has
> > been set up, causing a read_thread to blocking read on the file
> > descriptor, then future writes that would cause the background read to
> > complete will block waiting on the file position lock before they can
> > execute. This race condition only occurs when libxenstore is accessing
> > the xenstore daemon through the /proc/xen/xenbus file and not through
> > the unix domain socket, which is the case when the xenstore daemon is
> > running as a stub domain or when oxenstored is passed
> > --disable-socket. Accessing the daemon from the true character device
> > also does not exhibit this problem.
> > 
> > On Linux, prefer using the character device file over the proc file if
> > the character device exists.

I confess I still see this as working around a kernel bug.  Only this
time we are switching from a buggy to non-buggy kernel interface.

Why don't we have the kernel provide only non-buggy interfaces ?

> > diff --git a/tools/xenstore/xs_lib.c b/tools/xenstore/xs_lib.c
> > index af4f75a..0c7744e 100644
> > --- a/tools/xenstore/xs_lib.c
> > +++ b/tools/xenstore/xs_lib.c
> > @@ -81,6 +81,8 @@ const char *xs_domain_dev(void)
> >  #if defined(__RUMPUSER_XEN__) || defined(__RUMPRUN__)
> >     return "/dev/xen/xenbus";
> >  #elif defined(__linux__)
> > +   if (access("/dev/xen/xenbus", F_OK) == 0)
> > +           return "/dev/xen/xenbus";

Also, previously xs_domain_dev was a function which simply returned a
static value.  I feel vaguely uneasy at putting this kind of
autodetection logic here.


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