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SubjectRe: [PATCH 11/19] xfs: Convert to new freezing code
On Mon, Mar 05, 2012 at 05:01:09PM +0100, Jan Kara wrote:
> Generic code now blocks all writers from standard write paths. So we block all
> writers coming from ioctl and replace blocking of transactions on frozen
> filesystem with a debugging check. As a bonus, we get a protection of ioctl
> against racing remount read-only. We also convert xfs_file_aio_write() to a
> non-racy freeze protection.
> diff --git a/fs/xfs/xfs_trans.c b/fs/xfs/xfs_trans.c
> index 329b06a..6468a2a 100644
> --- a/fs/xfs/xfs_trans.c
> +++ b/fs/xfs/xfs_trans.c
> @@ -577,7 +577,6 @@ xfs_trans_alloc(
> xfs_mount_t *mp,
> uint type)
> {
> - xfs_wait_for_freeze(mp, SB_FREEZE_TRANS);
> return _xfs_trans_alloc(mp, type, KM_SLEEP);
> }

So what is there to stop internal XFS threads from starting
transactions when the filesystem is frozen? Previously this
SB_FREEZE_TRANS would guarantee even internal fucntions would get
stopped, but now there's nothing?

I do beleive that ext4 has the same problem (the issue reported with
the lazy inode init background thread), and I can see that any other
filesystem that can make modifications via internal triggers will
see the same problem - freeze doesn't block them any more...


Dave Chinner

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