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Subject[PATCH] deadlock when swapping to FAT

swapon will deadlock when an attempt to swap to a file on FAT filesystem
is made. swapon holds i_mutex and FAT bmap is attempting to take it again.

This bug was introduced somewhere between 2.6.27 and 2.6.28.

No other filesystem is taking i_mutex in bmap, so I removed it as well.

Note that there are many other cases where bmap can race with truncate in
almost all the filesystems. They don't impose an immediate threat because
bmap can be only called by root. These problems should be solved in a
generic way, not in individual filesystems.


Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <
Cc: <>

fs/fat/inode.c | 2 --
1 file changed, 2 deletions(-)

Index: linux-2.6.29-rc7-devel/fs/fat/inode.c
--- linux-2.6.29-rc7-devel.orig/fs/fat/inode.c 2009-03-10 21:17:22.000000000 +0100
+++ linux-2.6.29-rc7-devel/fs/fat/inode.c 2009-03-11 22:52:38.000000000 +0100
@@ -202,9 +202,7 @@ static sector_t _fat_bmap(struct address
sector_t blocknr;

/* fat_get_cluster() assumes the requested blocknr isn't truncated. */
- mutex_lock(&mapping->host->i_mutex);
blocknr = generic_block_bmap(mapping, block, fat_get_block);
- mutex_unlock(&mapping->host->i_mutex);

return blocknr;

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