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SubjectRe: 2.6.17-rc6-mm1/pktcdvd - BUG: possible circular locking
Arjan van de Ven <> writes:

> Laurent Riffard wrote:
> > Hello,
> > This BUG happened while pktcdvd service was starting. Basically, the
> > 2 following commands were issued:
> > - modprobe ptkcdvd
> > - pktsetup dvd /dev/dvd
> This appears to be a real bug:
> A normal pkt dvd block dev open takes the
> bdev_mutex in the regular block device open path, which takes
> ctl_mutex in the pkt_open function which gets called then from
> the block layer.
> HOWEVER the IOCTL path does it the other way around:
> mutex_lock(&ctl_mutex);
> ret = pkt_setup_dev(&ctrl_cmd);
> mutex_unlock(&ctl_mutex);
> where pkt_setup_dev in term calls pkt_new_dev which
> calls blkdev_get(), which takes the bdev_mutex.
> Looks very much like a AB-BA deadlock to me...

I don't understand how this could deadlock. If the device is already
setup, pkt_new_dev() returns before calling blkdev_get(). If the
device is not already setup, the block device doesn't exist yet so
there can not be another caller in the pkt_open() path.

Peter Osterlund -
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