Re: hugetlbfs lockdep spew revisited.

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On 2012-02-17 00:49:22, Al Viro wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 06:38:49PM -0600, Tyler Hicks wrote:
> > On 2012-02-16 19:16:34, Josh Boyer wrote:
> > > On Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 07:08:57PM -0500, Dave Jones wrote:
> > > > Remember this ?
> > > > Josh took a stab at fixing it in e096d0c7e2e4e5893792db865dd065ac73cf1f00,
> > > > but it seems to still be there.
> > > 
> > > I think Tyler Hicks actually noticed this a while ago, but his patch has
> > > been waiting on comment from Al and Christoph:
> > > 
> > >
> > > 
> > > I've been hesitant to comment because I obviously screwed up once
> > > already.  We could try this patch in Fedora for a while if Al and
> > > company don't speak up soon.
> > 
> > I'm pretty confident that my patch that Josh linked to would "fix" the
> > lockdep warning below. According to the backtrace, it is barking about a
> > directory inode and a regular inode having a circular locking
> > dependency, so deadlock is not possible in this case.
> Sigh...  That patch is correct, but it has nothing to do with the locking
> order violation that really *is* there.  The only benefit would be to
> get rid of the "deadlock is not possible" nonsense, since you would see
> read/write vs. mmap instead of readdir vs. mmap in the traces.  Locking
> order is the *same* for directories and nondirectories; both can have
> pagefaults under ->i_mutex on their respective inodes.  And while mmap
> cannot happen for directories, it certainly can happen for regular files,
> so taking ->i_mutex in ->mmap() is a plain and simple bug.  Should never
> be done; in particular, hugetlbfs has ->i_mutex held in read() around
> pagefaults, which gives you an obvious deadlock with its ->mmap().
> Folks, this is not a false positive and it has nothing to do with misannotation
> for directories.  Deadlock is real; I have no idea WTF do we what ->i_mutex
> held over that area in hugetlbfs ->mmap(), but doing that is really, really
> wrong, whatever the reason.

Thanks for clearing that up, Al. I only knew that the inodes were being
incorrectly annotated, but I wasn't sure about the correct locking order.


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