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

On Sun, 10 Jan 1999 10:35:10 -0800 (PST), Linus Torvalds
<> said:

> The thing I want to make re-entrant is just semaphore accesses: at the
> point where we would otherwise deadlock on the writer semaphore it's much
> better to just allow nested writes. I suspect all filesystems can already
> handle nested writes - they are a lot easier to handle than truly
> concurrent ones.

We used to do it anyway, before inodes were locked for write, if I
remember correctly.

What I'm after is something like the patch below for a fix (don't apply
it: it should work and should fix the problem, but it's really just for
illustration). It enforces an i_atomic_allocate semaphore to lock
against truncate(). The write-page filemap code takes this semaphore,
but does _not_ take i_sem at all.

Frankly, I really don't think we want to serialise writes so
aggressively in the first place. In POSIX, O_APPEND is the only case
where we need to do this (and since that modifies i_size, it's a natural
case to do under the i_atomic_allocate semaphore in any case).

This patch should fix the problem in hand, but what I think we really
want is a read/write semaphore for i_atomic_allocate: we want normal
read and write IO to a file to guard against a concurrent truncate(),
but _not_ against each other (in situations such as threaded/async IO to
a database file, multiple outstanding IOs can be a big win). Basically,
most writes should take out a read lock on the filesize so that the file
won't disappear from under their feet; only extending or truncating the
file should take out an i_atomic_allocate write lock (assuming the same
sorts of semantics for r/w semaphores as we already have for r/w

Are there really any filesystems we know can't deal with
concurrent/reentrant writes to an inode? We already have to deal with
concurrent reads with a single write in progress, after all.


--- fs/inode.c.~1~ Fri Jan 8 16:13:05 1999
+++ fs/inode.c Sun Jan 10 21:58:46 1999
@@ -132,6 +132,7 @@
sema_init(&inode->i_sem, 1);
sema_init(&inode->i_atomic_write, 1);
+ sema_init(&inode->i_atomic_allocate, 1);

static inline void write_inode(struct inode *inode)
--- fs/open.c~ Fri Jan 8 17:24:19 1999
+++ fs/open.c Sun Jan 10 21:59:49 1999
@@ -70,6 +70,7 @@
int error;
struct iattr newattrs;

+ down(&inode->i_atomic_allocate);
newattrs.ia_size = length;
newattrs.ia_valid = ATTR_SIZE | ATTR_CTIME;
@@ -81,6 +82,7 @@
+ up(&inode->i_atomic_allocate);
return error;

--- include/linux/fs.h.~1~ Sun Jan 10 21:56:23 1999
+++ include/linux/fs.h Sun Jan 10 21:58:39 1999
@@ -358,6 +358,7 @@
unsigned long i_nrpages;
struct semaphore i_sem;
struct semaphore i_atomic_write;
+ struct semaphore i_atomic_allocate;
struct inode_operations *i_op;
struct super_block *i_sb;
struct wait_queue *i_wait;
--- mm/filemap.c~ Fri Jan 8 16:13:06 1999
+++ mm/filemap.c Sun Jan 10 22:01:52 1999
@@ -1113,9 +1113,9 @@
* and file could be released ... increment the count to be safe.
- down(&inode->i_sem);
+ down(&inode->i_atomic_allocate);
result = do_write_page(inode, file, (const char *) page, offset);
- up(&inode->i_sem);
+ up(&inode->i_atomic_allocate);
return result;

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