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SubjectRe: [patch 29/52] fs: icache lock i_count
On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 01:02:41PM +1000, npiggin@suse.de wrote:
> Protect inode->i_count with i_lock, rather than having it atomic.
> Next step should also be to move things together (eg. the refcount increment
> into d_instantiate, which will remove a lock/unlock cycle on i_lock).
.....
> Index: linux-2.6/fs/inode.c
> ===================================================================
> --- linux-2.6.orig/fs/inode.c
> +++ linux-2.6/fs/inode.c
> @@ -33,14 +33,13 @@
> * inode_hash_lock protects:
> * inode hash table, i_hash
> * inode->i_lock protects:
> - * i_state
> + * i_state, i_count
> *
> * Ordering:
> * inode_lock
> * sb_inode_list_lock
> * inode->i_lock
> - * inode_lock
> - * inode_hash_lock
> + * inode_hash_lock
> */

I thought that the rule governing the use of inode->i_lock was that
it can be used anywhere as long as it is the innermost lock.

Hmmm, no references in the code or documentation. Google gives a
pretty good reference:

http://www.mail-archive.com/linux-ext4@vger.kernel.org/msg02584.html

Perhaps a different/new lock needs to be used here?

Cheers,

Dave.
--
Dave Chinner
david@fromorbit.com


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