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SubjectRe: MM deadlock [was: Re: arca-vm-8...]
Hi!

> In fact, to make it really safe we'd need to avoid synchronous swapout
> altogether: otherwise we can have
>
> A kswiod nbd server process
> lock_super();
> bread(ndb device);
> try_to_free_page();
> rw_swap_page_async();
> filemap_write_page();
> lock_super();
> wait_on_buffer();
> try_to_free_page();
> rw_swap_page_sync();
> Oops, kswiod is stalled.
>
> Can we get away without synchronous swapout? Notice that in this case,
> kswiod may be blocked but kswapd itself will not be. As long as the nbd
> server does not try to do a synchronous swap, it won't deadlock on
> kswiod. In other words, it is safe to wait for avaibility of
> another

Is this only matter of nbd? If so, maybe the best solution is to start
claiming: "don't swap over nbd, don't mount localhost drives read
write". [It is bad, but it is probably better than polluting rest of
kernel with nbd workarounds...]

Pavel
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