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SubjectRe: Inotify problem [was Re: 2.6.13-rc6-mm1]
On Fri, 2005-08-26 at 13:03 -0400, Jim Houston wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> I'm answering this from my home email. I have not heard from my
> co-workers in Florida yet, and I imagine that they are busy cleaning up
> after hurricane Katrina and waiting for the power to come back on.
> It looks like we have an "off by one" problem with idr_get_new_above()
> which may be part of the inotify problem. I'm not sure if the problem
> is the behavior or the name & comments. The start_id parameter is the
> starting point for the idr allocation search, and if it is available, it
> will be allocated. If you pass in the last id allocated as the start_id
> and it has already been freed (by an idr_remove call), it will be
> allocated again. The obvious fix would be to increment start_id
> in idr_get_new_above().

Thanks for your suggestion, it has fixed the inotify problem. But where
to put the fix is turning into a bit of a mess. Some callers like
drivers/md/dm.c:682 call idr_get_new_above as if it will return >=
starting_id. The comment says that it will return > starting_id, and the
function name leads people to believe the same thing. In the patch below
I change inotify do add one to the value was pass into idr. I also
change the comment to more accurately reflect what the function does.
The function name doesn't fit, but it never did.

Signed-off-by: John McCutchan <>

Index: linux/fs/inotify.c
--- linux.orig/fs/inotify.c 2005-08-26 13:38:29.000000000 -0400
+++ linux/fs/inotify.c 2005-08-26 13:38:55.000000000 -0400
@@ -353,7 +353,7 @@
do {
if (unlikely(!idr_pre_get(&dev->idr, GFP_KERNEL)))
return -ENOSPC;
- ret = idr_get_new_above(&dev->idr, watch, dev->last_wd, &watch->wd);
+ ret = idr_get_new_above(&dev->idr, watch, dev->last_wd+1, &watch->wd);
} while (ret == -EAGAIN);

return ret;
Index: linux/lib/idr.c
--- linux.orig/lib/idr.c 2005-08-26 13:38:22.000000000 -0400
+++ linux/lib/idr.c 2005-08-26 13:39:08.000000000 -0400
@@ -207,7 +207,7 @@

- * idr_get_new_above - allocate new idr entry above a start id
+ * idr_get_new_above - allocate new idr entry above or equal to a start id
* @idp: idr handle
* @ptr: pointer you want associated with the ide
* @start_id: id to start search at
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