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Subject[PATCH] Remove softlockup from invalidate_mapping_pages.
The following patch fixes a problem with invalidate_mapping_pages.
Please look at the patch description and then come back here, because
there are some things I don't understand which you might be able to
help me with.

I have had 2 reports of softlockups in this code apparently related to md.
md calls invalidate_bdev on all the component block devices that it is
building into an array. These block devices are very likely to have just one
page in their mapping, right near the end as mdadm will have read the
superblock which lives near the end.

However, I cannot see why the page would be locked.
Being locked for read is very unlikely because mdadm would have already
read the superblock. I guess locked for read-ahead might be possible
(I assume readahead does lock the pages) but as only one or maybe two reads
are a performed by mdadm, not much readahead should be generated.

Being locked for write also seems unlikely as if mdadm were to write
(which is fairly unlikely but not impossible) it would fsync() straight
away so by the time that it comes to assemble the array, all io
should have finished.

So that is (1) - I don't see why the page would be locked.

And (2) - I have a report (on linux-raid) of a soft-lockup which
lasted 76 seconds!
Now if the device was 100Gig, that is 25million page addresses or
3microseconds per loop. Is that at all likely for this loop - it
does take and drop a spinlock but could that come close to a
few thousand cycles?

And the processor in this case was a dual-core amd64 - with SMP enabled.
I can imaging a long lockup on a uniprocessor, but if a second processor
core is free to unlock the page when the IO (Whatever it is) completes,
a 76 second delay would be unexpected.

The original bug report can be found at

Finally (3) - I think that invalidate_mapping_pages should probably
have a cond_resched() call in it, except that drop_pagecache_sb in
fs/drop_caches.c calls it with the "inode_lock" spinlock held, which
would be bad. Would it be safe (or could it be made safe) to drop and
regain the lock around that call?

Comments welcome, but in any case I think the patch is needed.

Thanks for your time,

### Comments for Changeset

If invalidate_mapping_pages is called to invalidate a very large
mapping (e.g. a very large block device) and if the only active page
in that device is near the end (or at least, at a very large index),
such as, say, the superblock of an md array, and if that page
happens to be locked when invalidate_mapping_pages is called,
pagevec_lookup will return this page and
as it is locked, 'next' will be incremented and pagevec_lookup
will be called again. and again. and again.
while we count from 0 upto a very large number.

We should really always set 'next' to 'page->index+1' before going
around the loop again, not just if the page isn't locked.

Cc: "Steinar H. Gunderson" <>
Signed-off-by: Neil Brown <>

### Diffstat output
./mm/truncate.c | 10 ++++------
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)

diff ./mm/truncate.c~current~ ./mm/truncate.c
--- ./mm/truncate.c~current~ 2006-04-20 15:27:22.000000000 +1000
+++ ./mm/truncate.c 2006-04-20 15:38:20.000000000 +1000
@@ -238,13 +238,11 @@ unsigned long invalidate_mapping_pages(s
for (i = 0; i < pagevec_count(&pvec); i++) {
struct page *page = pvec.pages[i];

- if (TestSetPageLocked(page)) {
- next++;
+ next = page->index+1;
+ if (TestSetPageLocked(page))
- }
- if (page->index > next)
- next = page->index;
- next++;
if (PageDirty(page) || PageWriteback(page))
goto unlock;
if (page_mapped(page))
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