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SubjectRe: next-20130117 - kernel BUG with aio
On Thu, 31 Jan 2013 16:37:27 -0800, Kent Overstreet said:
> On Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 01:59:52PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > Did this get fixed?

> With the patches I sent you, yes - not seeing a new linux-next tree yet?

Well, it's a mixed bag at my end. Finally got a chance to do some more
testing, and:

1) next-20130128 didn't show anything in dmesg, but my VirtualBox Windows 7
images appear to livelock on the way up - the Windows throbber would keep
going, but it never made any actual progress towards booting. (Part of the
delay was fixing a next-20121224 environment, and then discovering it
took Windows *two* reboot cycles to get its act back together after getting
into that hung state).

2_ next-20130128 plus the following 3 patches:

Subject: [PATCH 1/3] aio: Fix a null pointer deref in batch_complete_aio
Subject: [PATCH 3/3] aio-use-cancellation-list-lazily-fix
Subject: [PATCH 2/3] aio-kill-ki_retry-fix-fix

VirtualBox appears to be functional (I did 2 complete boot/shutdown
sequences of both a 32-bit and 64-bit Win7 Enterprise image). *HOWEVER*,
I saw 3 of these in dmesg:

[ 668.278624] WARNING: at fs/aio.c:348 put_ioctx+0x1c0/0x241()

[ 668.278652] Call Trace:
[ 668.278660] [<ffffffff8102ed10>] warn_slowpath_common+0x7c/0x96
[ 668.278665] [<ffffffff8102edc9>] warn_slowpath_null+0x15/0x17
[ 668.278669] [<ffffffff8114c562>] put_ioctx+0x1c0/0x241
[ 668.278673] [<ffffffff8114d42a>] sys_io_destroy+0x4c/0x5c
[ 668.278679] [<ffffffff8160c112>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b

and the code there says:

WARN_ON(atomic_read(&ctx->reqs_available) > ctx->nr);

which leaves me wondering exactly how we exited the while loop
just above - is the intention that it loop until reqs_available == ctx->nr
exactly? Looks like if 'avail' is anything other than exactly 1 in
that while loop, we can be at a state where reqs_avail == (ctx->nr -1),
get 'avail=2', do the atomic_add, fall out of the loop, and trigger
the WARN_ON.

Damned if I see how that can happen though....

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