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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] tmpfs: fix race between umount and writepage
Hugh Dickins wrote:
> On Sat, 7 May 2011, Konstantin Khlebnikov wrote:
>> Hugh Dickins wrote:
>>> Here's the patch I was testing last night, but I do want to test it
>>> some more (I've not even tried your unmounting case yet), and I do want
>>> to make some changes to it (some comments, and see if I can move the
>>> mem_cgroup_cache_charge outside of the mutex, making it GFP_KERNEL
>>> rather than GFP_NOFS - at the time that mem_cgroup charging went in,
>>> we did not know here if it was actually a shmem swap page, whereas
>>> nowadays we can be sure, since that's noted in the swap_map).
>>> In shmem_unuse_inode I'm widening the shmem_swaplist_mutex to protect
>>> against shmem_evict_inode; and in shmem_writepage adding to the list
>>> earlier, while holding lock on page still in pagecache to protect it.
>>> But testing last night showed corruption on this laptop (no problem
>>> on other machines): I'm guessing it's unrelated, but I can't be sure
>>> of that without more extended testing.
>> This patch fixed my problem, I didn't catch any crashes on my test-case:
>> swapout-unmount.
> Thank you, Konstantin, for testing that and reporting back.
> I tried using your script on Thursday, but couldn't get the tuning right
> for this machine: with numbers too big everything would go OOM, with
> numbers too small it wouldn't even go to swap, with numbers on the edge
> it would soon settle into a steady state with almost nothing in swap.
> Just once, without the patch, I did get to "Self-destruct in 5 seconds",
> but that was not reproducible enough for me to test that the patch would
> be fixing anything.
> I was going to try today on other machines with more cpus and more memory,
> though not as much as yours; but now I'll let your report save me the time,
> and just add your Tested-by. Big thank you for that!
> Besides adding comments, I have changed the patch around since then, at
> the shmem_unuse_inode end: to avoid any memory allocation while holding
> the mutex (and then we no longer need to drop and retake info->lock,
> so it gets a little simpler). It would be dishonest of me to claim your
> Tested-by for the changed code (and your mount/write/umount loop would
> not have been testing swapoff): since it is an independent fix with a
> different justification, I'll split that part off into a 2/3.

Ok, I can test final patch-set on the next week.
Also I can try to add some swapoff test-cases.

> 3/3 being the fix to the "corruption" I noticed while testing, corruption
> being on the filesystem I had on /dev/loop0, over a tmpfs file filling its
> filesystem: when I wrote, I'd missed the "I/O" errors in /var/log/messages.
> It was another case of a long-standing but largely theoretical race,
> now made easily reproducible by recent changes (the preallocation in
> between find_lock_page and taking info->lock): when the filesystem is
> full, you could get ENOSPC from a race in bringing back a previously
> allocated page from swap.
> I'll write these three up now and send off to Andrew.
> Hugh

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