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Subject[PATCH 3.19 048/101] writeback: add missing INITIAL_JIFFIES init in global_update_bandwidth()
3.19-stable review patch.  If anyone has any objections, please let me know.


From: Tejun Heo <>

commit 7d70e15480c0450d2bfafaad338a32e884fc215e upstream.

global_update_bandwidth() uses static variable update_time as the
timestamp for the last update but forgets to initialize it to

This means that global_dirty_limit will be 5 mins into the future on
32bit and some large amount jiffies into the past on 64bit. This
isn't critical as the only effect is that global_dirty_limit won't be
updated for the first 5 mins after booting on 32bit machines,
especially given the auxiliary nature of global_dirty_limit's role -
protecting against global dirty threshold's sudden dips; however, it
does lead to unintended suboptimal behavior. Fix it.

Fixes: c42843f2f0bb ("writeback: introduce smoothed global dirty limit")
Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <>
Acked-by: Jan Kara <>
Cc: Wu Fengguang <>
Cc: Jens Axboe <>
Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

mm/page-writeback.c | 2 +-
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/mm/page-writeback.c
+++ b/mm/page-writeback.c
@@ -922,7 +922,7 @@ static void global_update_bandwidth(unsi
unsigned long now)
static DEFINE_SPINLOCK(dirty_lock);
- static unsigned long update_time;
+ static unsigned long update_time = INITIAL_JIFFIES;

* check locklessly first to optimize away locking for the most time

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