Re: [RFC PATCH 2/2] serial: sh-sci: always cancel hrtimer when DMA RX is invalidated

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Hi Geert,

good news, I was able to trigger the DMA rx code path. I dunno what I
did wrong last time. I started from scratch again and it worked easily
by dd-ing random data to the second non-console debug port.

> I do think you need to cancel the timer: even when not restarting
> the timer in sci_dma_rx_complete() due to a DMA failure, the previous
> timer may still be running, and will cause a NULL pointer dereference
> on s->chan_rx on timer expiry.

Taking locking into account, I think this patch is bogus. If we run into
this NULL-pointer, we have a locking problem and cancelling the timer in
sci_dma_rx_chan_invalidate() is not going to fix the underlying locking
problem. sci_dma_rx_chan_invalidate() does not only clear the pointer
but also the cookie_rx-array. sci_dma_rx_timer_fn() bails out via
sci_dma_rx_find_active() if that array is cleared. It does so before
accessing the chan_rx-pointer. So, it looks to me that should work once
all calls to sci_dma_rx_chan_invalidate() are protected. And there is
one path where this is not true, namely via sci_dma_rx_release() during
shutdown. This is why I asked Dirk if the system was about to shutdown.
Currently, I don't see any other problematic code path.

> > -       if (s->chan_rx_saved) {
> > -               dev_dbg(port->dev, "%s(%d) deleting rx_timer\n", __func__,
> > -                       port->line);
> > -               hrtimer_cancel(&s->rx_timer);
> > -       }
> > -#endif

Also, this chunk needs to stay. I suggested in patch 1 to cancel the
timer on successful dma_rx_complete, so the timer only runs when a DMA
is in progress. Then, of course, we need to cancel it in shutdown.

I hope I am not seeing "no wood for the trees" by now. I am not
convinced that I actually found Dirk's race condition yet...

All the best,


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