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    SubjectRe: 2.4.21-pre2 stalls out when running unixbench
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    > With respect to the lockup problem: it is due to a non-atomic __set_bit()
    > in the new buffer_attached() implementation.
    >
    > Sure, we don't need atomic semantics for the BH_Attached bit because
    > it is always read and modified under a global spinlock. But *other*
    > users of buffer_head.b_state do not run under that lock so the nonatomic
    > RMW will stomp on their changes. 2.4.20 does not have this bug.
    >
    > Here is a patch:


    Hi Andrew,
    The patch works (been running the unixbench subset for an hour now).
    Your time and effort and very clear explanations are much appreciated.
    Thanks,
    Joe
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