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[PATCH] USB: update urb documentation

On Wed, May 04, 2005 at 01:37:30PM -0700, David Brownell wrote:
> On Wednesday 04 May 2005 12:19 pm, Roman Kagan wrote:
> > struct urb {
> > 	/* private, usb core and host controller only fields in the urb */
> > 	...
> > 	struct list_head urb_list;	/* list pointer to all active urbs */
> > 	...
> > };
> >
> > Is it safe to use it for driver's purposes when the driver owns the urb,
> > that is, starting from the completion routine until the urb is submitted
> > with usb_submit_urb()?
>
> Right now, it should be.

Great!  FWIW I've briefly tested a modified version of usbatm using
the list head in struct urb instead of creating a wrapper struct, and I
haven't seen any failures yet.  So I tend to believe that your "should
be" actually means "is" :)

> > If it is, can it be guaranteed in future, e.g.
> > by moving the list head into the public section of struct urb?
>
> In fact I'm not sure why it ever got called "private" to usbcore/hcds.
> I thought the idea was that it should be like urb->status, reserved for
> whoever controls the URB.

OK then how about the following (essentially documentation) patch?

Signed-off-by: Roman Kagan <rkagan@mail.ru>
Acked-by: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <gregkh@suse.de>
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@@ -796,19 +796,23 @@ typedef void (*usb_complete_t)(struct urb *, struct pt_regs *);
* of the iso_frame_desc array, and the number of errors is reported in
* error_count. Completion callbacks for ISO transfers will normally
* (re)submit URBs to ensure a constant transfer rate.
+ *
+ * Note that even fields marked "public" should not be touched by the driver
+ * when the urb is owned by the hcd, that is, since the call to
+ * usb_submit_urb() till the entry into the completion routine.
*/
struct urb
{
/* private, usb core and host controller only fields in the urb */
struct kref kref; /* reference count of the URB */
spinlock_t lock; /* lock for the URB */
void *hcpriv; /* private data for host controller */
- struct list_head urb_list; /* list pointer to all active urbs */
int bandwidth; /* bandwidth for INT/ISO request */
atomic_t use_count; /* concurrent submissions counter */
u8 reject; /* submissions will fail */
/* public, documented fields in the urb that can be used by drivers */
+ struct list_head urb_list; /* list head for use by the urb owner */
struct usb_device *dev; /* (in) pointer to associated device */
unsigned int pipe; /* (in) pipe information */
int status; /* (return) non-ISO status */

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