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SubjectRe: [PATCH 001 of 6] md: Fix an occasional deadlock in raid5
On Mon, 14 Jan 2008, NeilBrown wrote:

> raid5's 'make_request' function calls generic_make_request on
> underlying devices and if we run out of stripe heads, it could end up
> waiting for one of those requests to complete.
> This is bad as recursive calls to generic_make_request go on a queue
> and are not even attempted until make_request completes.
> So: don't make any generic_make_request calls in raid5 make_request
> until all waiting has been done. We do this by simply setting
> STRIPE_HANDLE instead of calling handle_stripe().
> If we need more stripe_heads, raid5d will get called to process the
> pending stripe_heads which will call generic_make_request from a
> different thread where no deadlock will happen.
> This change by itself causes a performance hit. So add a change so
> that raid5_activate_delayed is only called at unplug time, never in
> raid5. This seems to bring back the performance numbers. Calling it
> in raid5d was sometimes too soon...
> Cc: "Dan Williams" <>
> Signed-off-by: Neil Brown <>

probably doesn't matter, but for the record:

Tested-by: dean gaudet <>

this time i tested with internal and external bitmaps and it survived 8h
and 14h resp. under the parallel tar workload i used to reproduce the

btw this should probably be a candidate for 2.6.22 and .23 stable.


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