Commit 9bb9c3be authored by Rusty Russell's avatar Rusty Russell

module: wait when loading a module which is currently initializing.

The original module-init-tools module loader used a fnctl lock on the
.ko file to avoid attempts to simultaneously load a module.
Unfortunately, you can't get an exclusive fcntl lock on a read-only
fd, making this not work for read-only mounted filesystems.
module-init-tools has a hacky sleep-and-loop for this now.

It's not that hard to wait in the kernel, and only return -EEXIST once
the first module has finished loading (or continue loading the module
if the first one failed to initialize for some reason).  It's also
consistent with what we do for dependent modules which are still loading.
Suggested-by: default avatarLucas De Marchi <>
Signed-off-by: default avatarRusty Russell <>
parent 6f13909f
......@@ -2845,6 +2845,20 @@ static int post_relocation(struct module *mod, const struct load_info *info)
return module_finalize(info->hdr, info->sechdrs, mod);
/* Is this module of this name done loading? No locks held. */
static bool finished_loading(const char *name)
struct module *mod;
bool ret;
mod = find_module(name);
ret = !mod || mod->state != MODULE_STATE_COMING;
return ret;
/* Allocate and load the module: note that size of section 0 is always
zero, and we rely on this for optional sections. */
static struct module *load_module(void __user *umod,
......@@ -2852,7 +2866,7 @@ static struct module *load_module(void __user *umod,
const char __user *uargs)
struct load_info info = { NULL, };
struct module *mod;
struct module *mod, *old;
long err;
pr_debug("load_module: umod=%p, len=%lu, uargs=%p\n",
......@@ -2918,8 +2932,18 @@ static struct module *load_module(void __user *umod,
* function to insert in a way safe to concurrent readers.
* The mutex protects against concurrent writers.
if (find_module(mod->name)) {
if ((old = find_module(mod->name)) != NULL) {
if (old->state == MODULE_STATE_COMING) {
/* Wait in case it fails to load. */
err = wait_event_interruptible(module_wq,
if (err)
goto free_arch_cleanup;
goto again;
err = -EEXIST;
goto unlock;
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