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Subject[014/200] nfsd: dont break lease while servicing a COMMIT
2.6.34-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Jeff Layton <>

commit 91885258e8343bb65c08f668d7e6c16563eb4284 upstream.

This is the second attempt to fix the problem whereby a COMMIT call
causes a lease break and triggers a possible deadlock.

The problem is that nfsd attempts to break a lease on a COMMIT call.
This triggers a delegation recall if the lease is held for a delegation.
If the client is the one holding the delegation and it's the same one on
which it's issuing the COMMIT, then it can't return that delegation
until the COMMIT is complete. But, nfsd won't complete the COMMIT until
the delegation is returned. The client and server are essentially
deadlocked until the state is marked bad (due to the client not
responding on the callback channel).

The first patch attempted to deal with this by eliminating the open of
the file altogether and simply had nfsd_commit pass a NULL file pointer
to the vfs_fsync_range. That would conflict with some work in progress
by Christoph Hellwig to clean up the fsync interface, so this patch
takes a different approach.

This declares a new NFSD_MAY_NOT_BREAK_LEASE access flag that indicates
to nfsd_open that it should not break any leases when opening the file,
and has nfsd_commit set that flag on the nfsd_open call.

For now, this patch leaves nfsd_commit opening the file with write
access since I'm not clear on what sort of access would be more

Signed-off-by: Jeff Layton <>
Signed-off-by: J. Bruce Fields <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

fs/nfsd/vfs.c | 8 +++++---
fs/nfsd/vfs.h | 1 +
2 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)

--- a/fs/nfsd/vfs.c
+++ b/fs/nfsd/vfs.c
@@ -724,7 +724,7 @@ nfsd_open(struct svc_rqst *rqstp, struct
struct inode *inode;
__be32 err;
- int host_err;
+ int host_err = 0;


@@ -761,7 +761,8 @@ nfsd_open(struct svc_rqst *rqstp, struct
* Check to see if there are any leases on this file.
* This may block while leases are broken.
- host_err = break_lease(inode, O_NONBLOCK | ((access & NFSD_MAY_WRITE) ? O_WRONLY : 0));
+ if (!(access & NFSD_MAY_NOT_BREAK_LEASE))
+ host_err = break_lease(inode, O_NONBLOCK | ((access & NFSD_MAY_WRITE) ? O_WRONLY : 0));
if (host_err == -EWOULDBLOCK)
host_err = -ETIMEDOUT;
if (host_err) /* NOMEM or WOULDBLOCK */
@@ -1169,7 +1170,8 @@ nfsd_commit(struct svc_rqst *rqstp, stru
goto out;

- err = nfsd_open(rqstp, fhp, S_IFREG, NFSD_MAY_WRITE, &file);
+ err = nfsd_open(rqstp, fhp, S_IFREG,
if (err)
goto out;
if (EX_ISSYNC(fhp->fh_export)) {
--- a/fs/nfsd/vfs.h
+++ b/fs/nfsd/vfs.h
@@ -20,6 +20,7 @@
#define NFSD_MAY_LOCAL_ACCESS 128 /* IRIX doing local access check on device special file*/


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