[Make-wifi-fast] [PATCH RFC v4 0/4] Move TXQ scheduling into mac80211

Toke Høiland-Jørgensen toke at toke.dk
Fri Sep 21 08:41:15 EDT 2018

Rajkumar Manoharan <rmanohar at codeaurora.org> writes:

> On 2018-09-16 10:42, Toke Høiland-Jørgensen wrote:
>> Another update, addressing most of the concerns raised in the last 
>> round:
>> - Added schedule_start()/end() functions that adds locking around the
>>   whole scheduling operation, which means we can get rid of the 'first'
>>   parameter to ieee80211_next_txq().
> Toke,
> Wouldn't this start()/end() APIs cause deadlock if mac80211 tries to 
> acquire
> active_txq_lock[ac] again? Or am I missing?
> schedule_start()
> while (next_txq()) {
>    push_txq -> tx_dequeue()
>    return_txq()
> }
> schedule_end()
> tx_dequeue()
>   ieee80211_free_txskb
>    -> ieee80211_report_used_skb
>     -> ieee80211_tdls_td_tx_handle
>      -> ieee80211_subif_start_xmit
>      -> __ieee80211_subif_start_xmit
>        -> ieee80211_xmit_fast
>          -> ieee80211_queue_skb
>           -> schedule_and_wake_txq

Hmm, yeah, that call sequence would certainly deadlock. But earlier, I
think; ieee80211_queue_skb() already takes fq->lock, which is being held
by tx_dequeue(), so this would deadlock on that?

I guess retransmits of TDLS teardown packets don't happen so often?
Otherwise someone would have run into this by now? Or are those frames
not being transmitted through the TXQs at all?

In any case it does seem a bit dangerous to have a possible path where
ieee80211_free_txskb() will result in a call to
ieee80211_subif_start_xmit(). So we should probably fix that in any


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