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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] skip I_CLEAR state inodes
    [reply the easy part first]
    On Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 07:37:36PM +0800, Jan Kara wrote:
    > On Tue 02-06-09 16:55:23, Wu Fengguang wrote:
    > > On Tue, Jun 02, 2009 at 05:38:35AM +0800, Eric Sandeen wrote:
    > > > Wu Fengguang wrote:
    > > > > Add I_CLEAR tests to drop_pagecache_sb(), generic_sync_sb_inodes() and
    > > > > add_dquot_ref().
    > > > >
    > > > > clear_inode() will switch inode state from I_FREEING to I_CLEAR,
    > > > > and do so _outside_ of inode_lock. So any I_FREEING testing is
    > > > > incomplete without the testing of I_CLEAR.
    > > > >
    > > > > Masayoshi MIZUMA first discovered the bug in drop_pagecache_sb() and
    > > > > Jan Kara reminds fixing the other two cases. Thanks!
    > > >
    > > > Is there a reason it's not done for __sync_single_inode as well?
    > >
    > > It missed the glance because it don't have an obvious '|' in the line ;)
    > >
    > > > Jeff Layton asked the question and I'm following it up :)
    > > >
    > > > __sync_single_inode currently only tests I_FREEING, but I think we are
    > > > safe because __sync_single_inode sets I_SYNC, and clear_inode waits for
    > > > I_SYNC to be cleared before it changes I_STATE.
    > >
    > > But I_SYNC is removed just before the I_FREEING test, so we still have
    > > a small race window?
    > >
    > > > On the other hand, testing I_CLEAR here probably would be safe anyway,
    > > > and it'd be bonus points for consistency?
    > >
    > > So let's add the I_CLEAR test?
    > >
    > > > Same basic question for generic_sync_sb_inodes, which has a
    > > > BUG_ON(inode->i_state & I_FREEING), seems like this could check I_CLWAR
    > > > as well?
    > >
    > > Yes, we can add I_CLEAR here to catch more error condition.
    > >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Fengguang
    > >
    > > ---
    > > skip I_CLEAR state inodes in writeback routines
    > >
    > > The I_FREEING test in __sync_single_inode() is racy because
    > > clear_inode() can set i_state to I_CLEAR between the clear of I_SYNC
    > > and the test of I_FREEING.
    > >
    > > Also extend the coverage of BUG_ON(I_FREEING) to I_CLEAR.
    > >
    > > Reported-by: Jeff Layton <jlayton@redhat.com>
    > > Reported-by: Eric Sandeen <sandeen@sandeen.net>
    > > Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
    > > ---
    > > fs/fs-writeback.c | 4 ++--
    > > 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
    > >
    > > --- linux.orig/fs/fs-writeback.c
    > > +++ linux/fs/fs-writeback.c
    > > @@ -316,7 +316,7 @@ __sync_single_inode(struct inode *inode,
    > > spin_lock(&inode_lock);
    > > WARN_ON(inode->i_state & I_NEW);
    > > inode->i_state &= ~I_SYNC;
    > > - if (!(inode->i_state & I_FREEING)) {
    > > + if (!(inode->i_state & (I_FREEING | I_CLEAR))) {
    > > if (!(inode->i_state & I_DIRTY) &&
    > > mapping_tagged(mapping, PAGECACHE_TAG_DIRTY)) {
    > Is the whole if needed? I had an impression that everyone calling
    > __sync_single_inode() should better take care it does not race with inode
    > freeing... So WARN_ON would be more appropriate IMHO.

    The caller doesn't matter here, because we temporarily dropped inode_lock
    in __sync_single_inode() ?


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