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SubjectRe: [PATCH] blktrace: fix race with open trace files and directory removal
On 9/27/13 2:56 PM, Jeff Moyer wrote:
> Jeff Mahoney <> writes:
>> On 9/27/13 2:43 PM, Jeff Moyer wrote:
>>> Jeff Mahoney <> writes:
>>>> There's a bug in the blktrace client where it will stop and tear down
>>>> all of the tracing instances for devices it's opened whether it
>>>> successfully completed the setup or not.
>>>> By starting multiple blktrace processes on the same device, it's possible
>>>> to permanently disable blktrace on that device. The cause is that when
>>>> the first blktrace process to exit tears down the directory structure,
>>>> the trace files are still held open. Debugfs removes the dentries for the
>>>> open files just fine but the relay implementation doesn't remove the
>>>> dentries until all of the references to the file are dropped. This means
>>>> that if there are open files when debugfs_remove is called for the device
>>>> directory, the directory is not empty and can't be removed. Since the
>>>> shutdown of the blktrace structure xchg's the structure out, there's no
>>>> way to clean up the directory and any new blktrace processes will fail
>>>> to start because it can't create the directory.
>>>> This patch adds a kref to blk_trace so that we can release it after the
>>>> initial reference as well as all of the references accumulated by the
>>>> relay files are dropped.
>>> Can't we just do proper unwinding of errors in the do_blktrace_setup
>>> function? In other words, don't just blindly call blk_trace_free, but
>>> instead just undo anything we've done.
>> No. It's not the setup that's causing the problem. It's one process
>> holding the trace files open while another process calls BLKTRACETEARDOWN.
> Ah, right. So, in that case I'd rather restrict the ioctl to just the
> process that setup the trace. Jens, Tejun, any opinions?

We'd also need to check to see if the task that started the trace is
still around.


Jeff Mahoney

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