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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] nfs: use ->mmap_prepare() to avoid an AB-BA deadlock

On Wed, 2007-11-14 at 22:22 +0100, Nick Piggin wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 09:01:39PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > Normal locking order is:
> >
> > i_mutex
> > mmap_sem
> >
> > However NFS's ->mmap hook, which is called under mmap_sem, can take i_mutex.
> > Avoid this potential deadlock by doing the work that requires i_mutex from
> > the new ->mmap_prepare().
> >
> > [ Is this sufficient, or does it introduce a race? ]
> Seems like an OK patchset in my opinion. I don't know much about NFS
> unfortunately, but I wonder what prevents the condition fixed by
> nfs_revalidate_mapping from happening again while the mmap is active...?

As the changelog might have suggested, I'm not overly sure of the nfs
requirements myself. I think it just does a best effort at getting the
pages coherent with other clients, and then hopes for the best.

I'll let Trond enlighten us further before I make an utter fool of
myself :-)

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