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SubjectRe: Bounce buffer deadlock

On Sat, 30 Jun 2001, Steve Lord wrote:

> > Yes. 2.4.6-pre8 fixes that (not sure if its up already).
> It is up.
> >
> > > If the fix is to avoid page_launder in these cases then the number of
> > > occurrences when an alloc_pages fails will go up.
> >
> > > I was attempting to come up with a way of making try_to_free_buffers
> > > fail on buffers which are being processed in the generic_make_request
> > > path by marking them, the problem is there is no single place to reset
> > > the state of a buffer so that try_to_free_buffers will wait for it.
> > > Doing it after the end of the loop in generic_make_request is race
> > > prone to say the least.
> >
> > I really want to fix things like this in 2.5. (ie not avoid the deadlock
> > by completly avoiding physical IO, but avoid the deadlock by avoiding
> > physical IO on the "device" which is doing the allocation)
> >
> > Could you send me your code ? No problem if it does not work at all :)
> >
> Well, the basic idea is simple, but I suspect the implementation might
> rapidly become historical in 2.5. Basically I added a new buffer state bit,
> although BH_Req looks like it could be cannibalized, no one appears to check
> for it (is it really dead code?).

Dunno. Ask Jens :)

> Using a flag to skip buffers in try_to_free_buffers is easy:

I was thinking more about skipping the buffers which are "owned" by the
device which is doing the allocation.

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