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SubjectRe: inode->i_wb_list corruption.
On Tue 06-03-12 23:26:08, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 06, 2012 at 10:03:07PM +0100, Jan Kara wrote:
> > On Tue 06-03-12 13:51:37, Dave Jones wrote:
> > > We've had three separate reports against 3.2.x recently where the linked list debugging
> > > is getting tripped up by the prev->next pointer being null instead of pointing
> > > to the current list entry while walking the i_wb_list
> > >
> > > Call traces are slightly different each time, but all end up walking i_wb_list
> > > in dput -> d_kill -> i_put -> evict -> inode_wb_list_del
> > >
> > > What protects that list ? It looks to be just bdi->wb.list_lock ?
> > >
> > >
> > > full reports at:
> > > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=784741
> > > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=799229
> > > https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=799692
> > Hum, interesting! I'd guess this might be caused by f758eeab - adding
> > Fengguang and Christoph to CC. But I'm really failing to see how this could
> > happen but interesting thing is that in two of the three cases the files
> > are on virtual filesystems (once cgroup, once sysfs). These both use
> > noop_backing_dev_info.
>
> sysfs/cgroup forgot to init inode->i_wb_list?
Umm, it's not *that* simple I'd say. E.g. sysfs doesn't provide
alloc_inode() method so we use inode_cachep for allocations. And that cache
is configured to use inode_init_once().

Also note that the error message is:
list_del corruption. prev->next should be ffff8801c2f41b18, but was (null)
Which means that our inode had correct i_wb_list.prev but the previous
inode had NULL in i_wb_list.next. But that means that both inodes were
linked into the list at some point. So it does not seem like an
initialization issue to me...

Honza

> --- linux.orig/fs/inode.c 2012-02-22 19:20:48.374799955 -0800
> +++ linux/fs/inode.c 2012-03-06 23:11:29.133899478 -0800
> @@ -193,6 +193,7 @@ int inode_init_always(struct super_block
> inode->i_private = NULL;
> inode->i_mapping = mapping;
> INIT_LIST_HEAD(&inode->i_dentry); /* buggered by rcu freeing */
> + INIT_LIST_HEAD(&inode->i_wb_list);
> #ifdef CONFIG_FS_POSIX_ACL
> inode->i_acl = inode->i_default_acl = ACL_NOT_CACHED;
> #endif


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