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From: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
To: Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-mm@kvack.org
Subject: Re: dirty balancing deadlock
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2007 23:55:32 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20070221235532.2361f827.akpm@linux-foundation.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <E1HK8aw-0005Lg-00@dorka.pomaz.szeredi.hu>

> On Thu, 22 Feb 2007 08:42:26 +0100 Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu> wrote:
> > > 
> > > Index: linux/mm/page-writeback.c
> > > ===================================================================
> > > --- linux.orig/mm/page-writeback.c	2007-02-19 17:32:41.000000000 +0100
> > > +++ linux/mm/page-writeback.c	2007-02-19 18:05:28.000000000 +0100
> > > @@ -198,6 +198,25 @@ static void balance_dirty_pages(struct a
> > >  			dirty_thresh)
> > >  				break;
> > >  
> > > +		/*
> > > +		 * Acquit this producer if there's little or nothing
> > > +		 * to write back to this particular queue
> > > +		 *
> > > +		 * Without this check a deadlock is possible in the
> > > +		 * following case:
> > > +		 *
> > > +		 * - filesystem A writes data through filesystem B
> > > +		 * - filesystem A has dirty pages over dirty_thresh
> > > +		 * - writeback is started, this triggers a write in B
> > > +		 * - balance_dirty_pages() is called synchronously
> > > +		 * - the write to B blocks
> > > +		 * - the writeback completes, but dirty is still over threshold
> > > +		 * - the blocking write prevents futher writes from happening
> > > +		 */
> > > +		if (atomic_long_read(&bdi->nr_dirty) +
> > > +		    atomic_long_read(&bdi->nr_writeback) < 16)
> > > +			break;
> > > +
> > 
> > The problem seems to that little "- the write to B blocks".
> > 
> > How come it blocks?  I mean, if we cannot retire writes to that filesystem
> > then we're screwed anyway.
> 
> Sorry about the sloppy description.  I mean, it's not the lowlevel
> write that will block, but rather the VFS one
> (generic_file_aio_write).  It will block (or rather loop forever with
> 0.1 second sleeps) in balance_dirty_pages().  That means, that for
> this inode, i_mutex is held and no other writer can continue the work.

"this inode" I assume is the inode against filesystem A?

Why does holding that inode's i_mutex prevent further writeback of pages in A?



  reply	other threads:[~2007-02-22  7:55 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 26+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-18 18:28 Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-18 20:53 ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-18 21:25   ` Rik van Riel
2007-02-18 22:54     ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-18 22:50   ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-18 22:59     ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-18 23:22       ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-18 23:59         ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-19  0:25           ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-19  0:30             ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-19  0:45             ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-19  0:45             ` Chris Mason
2007-02-19  0:54               ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-19  1:01                 ` Chris Mason
2007-02-19  1:14                   ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-20  0:16                     ` Chris Mason
2007-02-20  8:53                       ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-19 17:11           ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-19 23:12             ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-20  0:13             ` Chris Mason
2007-02-20  8:47               ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-20 11:30                 ` Chris Mason
2007-02-21 21:36             ` Andrew Morton
2007-02-22  7:42               ` Miklos Szeredi
2007-02-22  7:55                 ` Andrew Morton [this message]
2007-02-22  8:02                   ` Miklos Szeredi

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