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SubjectRe: [patch 11/33] fs: dcache scale subdirs
On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 03:35:22PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-06-18 at 02:53 +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
>
> > > Right, so this isn't going to work well, this dentry recursion is
> > > basically unbounded afaict, so the 2nd subdir will also be locked using
> > > DENRTY_D_LOCKED_NESTED, resulting in the 1st and 2nd subdir both having
> > > the same (sub)class and lockdep doesn't like that much.
> >
> > No it's a bit of a trucky loop, but it is not unbounded. It takes the
> > parent, then the child, then it may continue again with the child as
> > the new parent but in that case it drops the parent lock and tricks
> > lockdep into not barfing.
>
> Ah, indeed the thing you pointed out below should work.
>
> > > Do we really need to keep the whole path locked? One of the comments
> > > seems to suggest we could actually drop some locks and re-acquire.
> >
> > As far as I can tell, RCU should be able to cover it without taking more
> > than 2 locks at a time. John saw some issues in the -rt tree (I haven't
> > reproduced yet) so he's locking the full chains there but I hope that
> > won't be needed.
>
> Right, so I was staring at the -rt splat, so its John who created that
> wreckage?

It was, but apparently they saw an RCU bug there somewhere and hit it
with the big hammer. I haven't been able to reproduce it on a non-rt
kernel yet, and I see yet why RCU is not good enough here.

> > > > /*
> > > > * Descend a level if the d_subdirs list is non-empty.
> > > > */
> > > > if (!list_empty(&dentry->d_subdirs)) {
> > > > + spin_unlock(&this_parent->d_lock);
> > > > + spin_release(&dentry->d_lock.dep_map, 1, _RET_IP_);
> > > > this_parent = dentry;
> > > > + spin_acquire(&this_parent->d_lock.dep_map, 0, 1, _RET_IP_);
> > > > goto repeat;
> >
> > ^^^ That's what we do when descending.
>
> You can write that as:
> lock_set_subclass(&this_parent->d_lock.dep_map, 0, _RET_IP_);
>
> See kernel/sched.c:double_unlock_balance().

OK I'll keep that in mind, thanks!



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