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SubjectRe: [patch 24/52] fs: dcache reduce d_parent locking
Hi Paul,

Sorry I had left this in my postponed folder while rechecking your
questions and forgot about it :P


On Mon, Jun 28, 2010 at 02:50:13PM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 01:02:36PM +1000, npiggin@suse.de wrote:
> > Use RCU property of dcache to simplify locking in some places where we
> > take d_parent and d_lock.
> >
> > Comment: don't need rcu_deref because we take the spinlock and recheck it.
>
> Looks good other than one question below.
>
> Thanx, Paul
>
> > Signed-off-by: Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de>
> > --
> >
> > Index: linux-2.6/fs/dcache.c
> > ===================================================================
> > --- linux-2.6.orig/fs/dcache.c
> > +++ linux-2.6/fs/dcache.c
> > @@ -311,23 +311,18 @@ struct dentry *dget_parent(struct dentry
> > struct dentry *ret;
> >
> > repeat:
> > - spin_lock(&dentry->d_lock);
> > + rcu_read_lock();
> > ret = dentry->d_parent;
>
> Doesn't this need to be as follows?
>
> ret = rcu_dereference(dentry)->d_parent;
>
> Otherwise, couldn't we end up seeing pre-initialization value for
> ->d_parent for a newly inserted dentry?

I don't think so. The child's dentry memory should be guaranteed to be
post-initialized at the point it is passed to dget_parent, becase we've
to have a stable refcount on it at that point. Ie. if it was pulled from
an RCU list, it should already have been rcu dereferenced by now.

So ->d_parent should be a valid pointer with lifetime guarantee provided
by RCU -- so enough to take the spinlock and recheck.

>
> > - if (!ret)
> > - goto out;
> > - if (dentry == ret) {
> > - ret->d_count++;
> > - goto out;
> > - }
> > - if (!spin_trylock(&ret->d_lock)) {
> > - spin_unlock(&dentry->d_lock);
> > + spin_lock(&ret->d_lock);
>
> Once we do this, however, we are golden, at least for all dentry
> fields protected by ->lock. This does assume that the compiler does not
> speculate the fetch that initialized the argument dentry into the critical
> section, which I would sure hope would be a reasonable assumption.

Yes I think the above fact that we have a "good" ref on the dentry
should prevent this.

Thanks,
Nick



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