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Subjectvfs-scalability: odd null pointer issue in link_path_walk
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Hey Nick,
So yesterday I came across an odd null pointer oops in link_path_walk:

BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at
0000000000000030
IP: [<ffffffff81103d42>] link_path_walk+0xd12/0xda0
PGD 42b12e067 PUD 42cb2a067 PMD 0
Oops: 0000 [#1] PREEMPT SMP
last sysfs file: /sys/block/md0/dev
CPU 7
Pid: 2993, comm: vgs Not tainted 2.6.33-rc8john #272 Server Blade/IBM eServer BladeCenter HS21 -[7995AC1]-
RIP: 0010:[<ffffffff81103d42>] [<ffffffff81103d42>] link_path_walk+0xd12/0xda0
RSP: 0018:ffff88042a929b78 EFLAGS: 00010246
RAX: 0000000000000000 RBX: ffff88042ab41000 RCX: ffff88042ab41028
RDX: 0000000000000000 RSI: 0000000000000000 RDI: ffff88042aa0fcc0
RBP: ffff88042a929c28 R08: ffff88042aa0fcc0 R09: 0000000000000000
R10: 0000000000000001 R11: 0000000000000000 R12: ffff88042c6a40b0
R13: 0000000000000000 R14: 0000000000000000 R15: ffff88042a929dc8
FS: 00007f6f8c481710(0000) GS:ffff8800283c0000(0000) knlGS:0000000000000000
CS: 0010 DS: 0000 ES: 0000 CR0: 000000008005003b
CR2: 0000000000000030 CR3: 000000042b310000 CR4: 00000000000006e0
DR0: 0000000000000000 DR1: 0000000000000000 DR2: 0000000000000000
DR3: 0000000000000000 DR6: 00000000ffff0ff0 DR7: 0000000000000400
Process vgs (pid: 2993, threadinfo ffff88042a928000, task ffff88042ab41000)
Stack:
ffff88042ab41000 ffff88042ab41000 ffff88042ab41000 ffff88042ab41000
<0> 0000000100000000 ffff88042a929de8 ffff880400000000 0000000000000000
<0> ffff88042f6b5610 0000000000000000 0000000000000000 ffff88042f418920
Call Trace:
[<ffffffff811006c2>] ? path_get+0x32/0x50
[<ffffffff81103c50>] link_path_walk+0xc20/0xda0
[<ffffffff811006c2>] ? path_get+0x32/0x50
[<ffffffff81103f7c>] path_walk+0x5c/0xd0
[<ffffffff811041de>] do_path_lookup+0x1ee/0x250
[<ffffffff81103ff0>] ? do_path_lookup+0x0/0x250
[<ffffffff81104ebb>] user_path_at+0x7b/0xb0
[<ffffffff81112bb1>] ? vfsmount_read_unlock+0x31/0x60
[<ffffffff81114788>] ? mntput_no_expire+0x48/0x190
[<ffffffff810fb293>] ? cp_new_stat+0xe3/0xf0
[<ffffffff810fb4ac>] vfs_fstatat+0x3c/0x80
[<ffffffff810fb616>] vfs_stat+0x16/0x20
[<ffffffff810fb63f>] sys_newstat+0x1f/0x50
[<ffffffff81994a33>] ? lockdep_sys_exit_thunk+0x35/0x67
[<ffffffff810025eb>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b
Code: ec e8 93 c8 ff ff 0f 1f 00 e9 46 ff ff ff 41 83 7f 34 04 66 0f 1f 44 00 00 0f 85 38 ff ff ff 4d 8b 67 08 49 8b 84 24 b8 00 00 00 <48> 8b 40 30 f6 40 09 40 0f 84 1e ff ff ff 49 8b 44 24 70 4c 89
RIP [<ffffffff81103d42>] link_path_walk+0xd12/0xda0
RSP <ffff88042a929b78>
CR2: 0000000000000030
---[ end trace 0dd94d94b1b27094 ]---

I'd never seen it before in all my test runs, but it was triggering 100%
of the time, and it seems to be somehow connected to me adding an xfs
partition to the box (even if it wasn't mounted and more oddly, even
after i reformatted that partition as ext3).

Anyway, I bisected the change down to your fs-scale-pseudo patch and
reverting it does keep the issue from happening.

Not sure if you can think of a quick fix here, but I'm thinking I might
revert this patch from my version of your patchset for now.

thanks
-john



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