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SubjectRe: [PATCH block/for-3.3/core] block: an exiting task should be allowed to create io_context
On Sat, 24 Dec 2011, Tejun Heo wrote:

> While fixing io_context creation / task exit race condition,
> 6e736be7f2 "block: make ioc get/put interface more conventional and
> fix race on alloction" also prevented an exiting (%PF_EXITING) task
> from creating its own io_context. This is incorrect as exit path may
> issue IOs, e.g. from exit_files(), and if those IOs are the first ones
> issued by the task, io_context needs to be created to process the IOs.
>
> Combined with the existing problem of io_context / io_cq creation
> failure having the possibility of stalling IO, this problem results in
> deterministic full IO lockup with certain workloads.
>
> Fix it by allowing io_context creation regardless of %PF_EXITING for
> %current.
>
> Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org>
> Reported-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
> Reported-by: Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com>

Thanks, I think I've now built enough kernels on -next plus your patch
to say that it does indeed solve that problem.

However, there are a couple of other unhealthy symptoms I've noticed
under load in -next's block/cfq layer, both with and without your patch.

One is kernel BUG at block/cfq-iosched.c:2585!
BUG_ON(RB_EMPTY_ROOT(&cfqq->sort_list));

cfq_dispatch_request+0x1a
cfq_dispatch_requests+0x5c
blk_peek_request+0x195
scsi_request_fn+0x6a
__blk_run_queue+0x16
scsi_run_queue+0x18a
scsi_next_command+0x36
scsi_io_completion+0x426
scsi_finish_command+0xaf
scsi_softirq_done+0xdd
blk_done_softirq+0x6c
__do_softirq+0x80
call_softirq+0x1c
do_softirq+0x33
irq_exit+0x3f
do_IRQ+0x97
ret_from_intr

I've had that one four times now on different machines; but quicker
to reproduce are these warnings from CONFIG_DEBUG_LIST=y:

------------[ cut here ]------------
WARNING: at lib/list_debug.c:53 __list_del_entry+0x8d/0x98()
Hardware name: 4174AY9
list_del corruption. prev->next should be ffff880005aa1380, but was 6b6b6b6b6b6b6b6b
Modules linked in: snd_pcm_oss snd_mixer_oss snd_seq snd_seq_device
Pid: 29241, comm: cc1 Tainted: G W 3.2.0-rc6-next-20111222 #18
Call Trace:
<IRQ> [<ffffffff810544b4>] warn_slowpath_common+0x80/0x98
[<ffffffff81054560>] warn_slowpath_fmt+0x41/0x43
[<ffffffff811fc1a1>] __list_del_entry+0x8d/0x98
[<ffffffff811df8ab>] cfq_remove_request+0x3b/0xdf
[<ffffffff811df989>] cfq_dispatch_insert+0x3a/0x87
[<ffffffff811dfb3b>] cfq_dispatch_request+0x65/0x92
[<ffffffff811dfbc4>] cfq_dispatch_requests+0x5c/0x133
[<ffffffff812e103e>] ? scsi_request_fn+0x3b6/0x3d3
[<ffffffff811d3069>] blk_peek_request+0x195/0x1a6
[<ffffffff812e103e>] ? scsi_request_fn+0x3b6/0x3d3
[<ffffffff812e0cf5>] scsi_request_fn+0x6d/0x3d3
[<ffffffff811d0730>] __blk_run_queue+0x19/0x1b
[<ffffffff811d0bfd>] blk_run_queue+0x21/0x35
[<ffffffff812e08c4>] scsi_run_queue+0x11f/0x1b9
[<ffffffff812e205c>] scsi_next_command+0x36/0x46
[<ffffffff812e24dc>] scsi_io_completion+0x426/0x4a9
[<ffffffff812dc0b2>] scsi_finish_command+0xaf/0xb8
[<ffffffff812e200c>] scsi_softirq_done+0xdd/0xe5
[<ffffffff811d79c6>] blk_done_softirq+0x76/0x8a
[<ffffffff8105a28d>] __do_softirq+0x98/0x136
[<ffffffff814e649c>] call_softirq+0x1c/0x30
[<ffffffff8102f187>] do_softirq+0x38/0x81
[<ffffffff8105a596>] irq_exit+0x4e/0xb6
[<ffffffff8102ee9e>] do_IRQ+0x97/0xae
[<ffffffff814e49f0>] common_interrupt+0x70/0x70
<EOI> [<ffffffff814e4a8e>] ? retint_swapgs+0xe/0x13
---[ end trace 61fdaa1b260613d1 ]---
Hugh


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