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SubjectRe: Writeback bug causing writeback stalls
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Hi Jan,

On Fri, May 22, 2020 at 4:41 PM Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> wrote:
> > The easiest way to fix this, I think, is to call requeue_inode() at the end of
> > writeback_single_inode(), much like it is called from writeback_sb_inodes().
> > However, requeue_inode() has the following ominous warning:
> >
> > /*
> > * Find proper writeback list for the inode depending on its current state and
> > * possibly also change of its state while we were doing writeback. Here we
> > * handle things such as livelock prevention or fairness of writeback among
> > * inodes. This function can be called only by flusher thread - noone else
> > * processes all inodes in writeback lists and requeueing inodes behind flusher
> > * thread's back can have unexpected consequences.
> > */
> >
> > Obviously this is very critical code both from a correctness and a performance
> > point of view, so I wanted to run this by the maintainers and folks who have
> > contributed to this code first.
>
> Sadly, the fix won't be so easy. The main problem with calling
> requeue_inode() from writeback_single_inode() is that if there's parallel
> sync(2) call, inode->i_io_list is used to track all inodes that need writing
> before sync(2) can complete. So requeueing inodes in parallel while sync(2)
> runs can result in breaking data integrity guarantees of it.

Ah, makes sense.

> But I agree
> we need to find some mechanism to safely move inode to appropriate dirty
> list reasonably quickly.
>
> Probably I'd add an inode state flag telling that inode is queued for
> writeback by flush worker and we won't touch dirty lists in that case,
> otherwise we are safe to update current writeback list as needed. I'll work
> on fixing this as when I was reading the code I've noticed there are other
> quirks in the code as well. Thanks for the report!

Thanks! While looking at the code I also saw some other paths that
appeared to be racy, though I haven't worked them out in detail to
confirm that - the locking around the inode and writeback lists is
tricky. What's the best way to follow up on those? Happy to post them
to this same thread after I spend a bit more time looking at the code.

Thanks,
Martijn


>
> Honza
>
> --
> Jan Kara <jack@suse.com>
> SUSE Labs, CR

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