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SubjectRe: [patch 11/33] fs: dcache scale subdirs
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On Tue, 2010-06-22 at 09:27 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-06-21 at 23:02 -0700, john stultz wrote:
> > On Mon, 2010-06-21 at 16:55 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > On Tue, 2010-06-22 at 00:48 +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > > > > 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.
> > >
> > > John, could you describe the failure you spotted?
> >
> > The problem was that the rcu_read_lock() on the dentry ascending wasn't
> > preventing d_put/d_kill from removing entries from the parent node. So
> > the next entry we tried to follow was invalid. So we were getting odd
> > oopses from select_parent().
> >
> > I'm not as familiar with the rcu rules there, so the patch I made just
> > held the locks as it went down the chain. Not ideal of course, but still
> > an improvement over the dcache_lock that was there prior.
> >
> > Peter: I'm sorry, I've been out for a few days. Can you give me some
> > background on what brought this up and what -rt splat you mean?
>
> Well, you make lockdep very unhappy by locking multiple dentries
> (unbounded number) all in the same lock class.

So.. Is there a way to tell lockdep that the nesting is ok (I thought
that was what the spin_lock_nested call was doing...)?

Or is locking a (possibly quite long) chain of objects really just a
do-not-do type of operation?

thanks
-john




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