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SubjectRe: [xfs-masters] RFC: Fix f_flags races without the BKL
On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 01:50:50PM +0100, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 29, 2008 at 04:13:52AM -0700, Jonathan Corbet wrote:
> > Accesses to the f_flags field have always involved a read-modify-write
> > operation, and have always been racy in the absence of the BKL. The recent
> > BKL-removal work made this problem worse, but it has been there for a very
> > long time. The race is quite small, and, arguably, has never affected
> > anybody, but it's still worth fixing.
> >
> > After pondering for a while, I couldn't come up with anything better than a
> > global file->f_flags mutex. There's no point in bloating struct file with
> > a mutex just for this purpose; it's hard to imagine that there will be any
> > real contention for this lock.
> What speaks against having on in fs_struct so that it's at least not
> globally serialized?

WTF? References to struct file can be shared by tasks with different
associated fs_struct; how the devil can that ever work?

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