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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Fix shrink_dcache_parent() against shrink_dcache_memory() race (updated patch)
On Wed, Mar 08, 2006 at 03:51:05PM +0100, Jan Blunck wrote:
> Andrew, I have test this patch for a while now and none of the users has seen
> the "busy inodes" message for a while now. Can you please apply and test it in
> -mm?
> This is an updated version of the patch which adresses some issues that came
> up during discussion. Although sb->prunes usually is 0, I'm testing it now
> before calling wake_up(). Besides that, the shrink_dcache_parent() is only
> waiting for prunes if we are called through generic_shutdown_super() when
> sb->s_root is NULL.
> Original patch description:
> Kirill Korotaev <> discovered a race between shrink_dcache_parent()
> and shrink_dcache_memory() which leads to "Busy inodes after unmount".
> When unmounting a file system shrink_dcache_parent() is racing against a
> possible shrink_dcache_memory(). This might lead to the situation that
> shrink_dcache_parent() is returning too early. In this situation the
> super_block is destroyed before shrink_dcache_memory() could put the inode.
> This patch fixes the problem through introducing a prunes counter which is
> incremented when a dentry is pruned but the corresponding inoded isn't put
> yet.When the prunes counter is not null, shrink_dcache_parent() is waiting and
> restarting its work.
> Signed-off-by: Jan Blunck <>

Looks good, small cosmetic comment below


> +/*
> + * If we slept on waiting for other prunes to finish, there maybe are
> + * some dentries the d_lru list that we have "overlooked" the last
> + * time we called select_parent(). Therefor lets restart in this case.
> + */
> void shrink_dcache_parent(struct dentry * parent)
> {
> int found;
> + struct super_block *sb = parent->d_sb;
> + again:
> while ((found = select_parent(parent)) != 0)
> prune_dcache(found);
> +
> + /* If we are called from generic_shutdown_super() during
> + * umount of a filesystem, we want to check for other prunes */
> + if (!sb->s_root && wait_on_prunes(sb))
> + goto again;
> }

cosmetic - could we do this with a do { } while() loop instead of a goto?

I think though that after select_parent(), wait_on_prunes() can sleep just
once, so we do not need a goto. Just calling wait_on_prunes() should
fix the race. For all the dentries missed in the race, wait_on_parent()
will ensure that they are dput() by prune_one_dentry() before wait_on_parent()

But, I do not have anything against the goto, so this patch should be just


> if (root) {
> sb->s_root = NULL;
> - shrink_dcache_parent(root);
> shrink_dcache_anon(&sb->s_anon);
> + shrink_dcache_parent(root);
> dput(root);

This change might conflict with the NFS patches in -mm.


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