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SubjectRe: [patch] vmfixes-2.4.0-test9-B2

On Sun, 24 Sep 2000, Linus Torvalds wrote:

>
>
> On Sun, 24 Sep 2000, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, Sep 24, 2000 at 10:26:11PM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > > where will it deadlock?
> >
> > ext2_new_block (or whatever that runs getblk with the superlock lock
> > acquired)->getblk->GFP->shrink_dcache_memory->prune_dcache->
> > prune_one_dentry->dput->dentry_iput->iput->inode->i_sb->s_op->
> > put_inode->ext2_discard_prealloc->ext2_free_blocks->lock_super->D
>
> Whee..
>
> Good that you remembered (now that you mention it, I recollect that we had
> this bug and discussion earlier).
>
> I added a comment to the effect, although I still moved the __GFP_IO test
> into the icache and dcache shrink functions, because as with the
> shm_swap() thing this is probably something we do want to fix eventually.

Btw, why we need kmem_cache_shrink() inside shrink_{i,d}cache_memory ?
Since refill_inactive and do_try_to_free_pages (the only functions which
calls shrink_{i,d}cache_memory) already shrink the SLAB cache (with
kmem_cache_reap), I dont think its needed.


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