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SubjectRe: udf deadlock (was Re: hugetlbfs lockdep spew revisited.)
On Fri 17-02-12 17:48:18, Al Viro wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 12:49:22AM +0000, Al Viro wrote:
> > Folks, this is not a false positive and it has nothing to do with misannotation
> > for directories. Deadlock is real; I have no idea WTF do we what ->i_mutex
> > held over that area in hugetlbfs ->mmap(), but doing that is really, really
> > wrong, whatever the reason.
> Arrrrgh... Some grepping around has uncovered another deadlock on
> i_mutex/mmap_sem and this one is not hard to hit at all.
> Thread A:
> opens file on UDF (O_RDWR open)
> does big, fat write() to it
> Thread B:
> opens the same file (also O_RDWR)
> mmaps it
> closes
> does munmap()
> and there we are - munmap() will end up closing the second struct file,
> call udf_release_file() and we are hitting ->i_mutex while under
> ->mmap_sem. Blocking on it, actually, since generic_file_aio_write()
> in the first thread is holding ->i_mutex. And as soon as thread A gets
> around to faulting the next piece of data in, well... To widen the
> window a lot, mmap something large sitting on NFS and do write() from
> that mmapped area. Race window as wide as one could ask for...
Right, I didn't realize ->release() may be called with mmap_sem held.
Thanks for spotting this. BTW: Documentation/filesystems/Locking might
need an update since it states:
locking rules:
All may block except for ->setlease.
No VFS locks held on entry except for ->setlease.

> What happens there is prealloc discard on close; do we even want ->i_mutex
> there these days? Note that there's also
> down_write(&UDF_I(inode)->i_data_sem);
> in udf_release_file()...
I've looked around and it seems we don't need i_mutex for anything.
i_data_sem should be enough. So I'll just remove i_mutex.

Jan Kara <>

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