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Subject[230/264] blk-flush: move the queue kick into
3.1-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.

From: Jeff Moyer <>

commit e67b77c791ca2778198c9e7088f3266ed2da7a55 upstream.

A dm-multipath user reported[1] a problem when trying to boot
a kernel with commit 4853abaae7e4a2af938115ce9071ef8684fb7af4
(block: fix flush machinery for stacking drivers with differring
flush flags) applied. It turns out that an empty flush request
can be sent into blk_insert_flush. When the BUG_ON was fixed
to allow for this, I/O on the underlying device would stall. The
reason is that blk_insert_cloned_request does not kick the queue.
In the aforementioned commit, I had added a special case to
kick the queue if data was sent down but the queue flags did
not require a flush. A better solution is to push the queue
kick up into blk_insert_cloned_request.

This patch, along with a follow-on which fixes the BUG_ON, fixes
the issue reported.


Reported-by: Christophe Saout <>
Signed-off-by: Jeff Moyer <>
Acked-by: Tejun Heo <>
Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

block/blk-core.c | 2 ++
block/blk-flush.c | 1 -
2 files changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
--- a/block/blk-core.c
+++ b/block/blk-core.c
@@ -1725,6 +1725,8 @@ int blk_insert_cloned_request(struct req

add_acct_request(q, rq, where);
+ __blk_run_queue(q);
spin_unlock_irqrestore(q->queue_lock, flags);

return 0;
--- a/block/blk-flush.c
+++ b/block/blk-flush.c
@@ -330,7 +330,6 @@ void blk_insert_flush(struct request *rq
if ((policy & REQ_FSEQ_DATA) &&
list_add_tail(&rq->queuelist, &q->queue_head);
- blk_run_queue_async(q);

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