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authorAndrea Arcangeli <andrea@suse.de>2008-02-04 22:29:21 -0800
committerLinus Torvalds <torvalds@woody.linux-foundation.org>2008-02-05 09:44:18 -0800
commit7766755a2f249e7e0dabc5255a0a3d151ff79821 (patch)
tree0f9d130d3f8107c77ed61b75f4745dc86e36d457 /mm
parent195cf453d2c3d789cbe80e3735755f860c2fb222 (diff)
Fix /proc dcache deadlock in do_exit
This patch fixes a sles9 system hang in start_this_handle from a customer with some heavy workload where all tasks are waiting on kjournald to commit the transaction, but kjournald waits on t_updates to go down to zero (it never does). This was reported as a lowmem shortage deadlock but when checking the debug data I noticed the VM wasn't under pressure at all (well it was really under vm pressure, because lots of tasks hanged in the VM prune_dcache methods trying to flush dirty inodes, but no task was hanging in GFP_NOFS mode, the holder of the journal handle should have if this was a vm issue in the first place). No task was apparently holding the leftover handle in the committing transaction, so I deduced t_updates was stuck to 1 because a journal_stop was never run by some path (this turned out to be correct). With a debug patch adding proper reverse links and stack trace logging in ext3 deployed in production, I found journal_stop is never run because mark_inode_dirty_sync is called inside release_task called by do_exit. (that was quite fun because I would have never thought about this subtleness, I thought a regular path in ext3 had a bug and it forgot to call journal_stop) do_exit->release_task->mark_inode_dirty_sync->schedule() (will never come back to run journal_stop) The reason is that shrink_dcache_parent is racy by design (feature not a bug) and it can do blocking I/O in some case, but the point is that calling shrink_dcache_parent at the last stage of do_exit isn't safe for self-reaping tasks. I guess the memory pressure of the unbalanced highmem system allowed to trigger this more easily. Now mainline doesn't have this line in iput (like sles9 has): if (inode->i_state & I_DIRTY_DELAYED) mark_inode_dirty_sync(inode); so it will probably not crash with ext3, but for example ext2 implements an I/O-blocking ext2_put_inode that will lead to similar screwups with ext2_free_blocks never coming back and it's definitely wrong to call blocking-IO paths inside do_exit. So this should fix a subtle bug in mainline too (not verified in practice though). The equivalent fix for ext3 is also not verified yet to fix the problem in sles9 but I don't have doubt it will (it usually takes days to crash, so it'll take weeks to be sure). An alternate fix would be to offload that work to a kernel thread, but I don't think a reschedule for this is worth it, the vm should be able to collect those entries for the synchronous release_task. Signed-off-by: Andrea Arcangeli <andrea@suse.de> Cc: Jan Kara <jack@ucw.cz> Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu> Cc: "Eric W. Biederman" <ebiederm@xmission.com> Cc: Alexey Dobriyan <adobriyan@gmail.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
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