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SubjectRe: [GIT PULL] please pull file-locking related changes for v3.20
On Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 12:12 PM, Jeff Layton <> wrote:
> I agree that there's no deadlock. I also agree that allowing two
> LOCK_EX's (or a LOCK_SH + LOCK_EX) on the file is broken. I'm just
> leery on making a user-visible change at this point. I'd prefer to let
> something like that soak in linux-next for a while.

Umm. The *current* behavior is user-visible. As in "catastrophic bug"
user visible. Not just Kirill's report, but the silent "possibly
exclusive file locks aren't exclusive".

No, we're not delaying fixing this because of concerns of other
user-visible behavior. There is absolutely no way other behavior could
possibly be *less* catastrophic than data corruption (in user space)
due to non-working exclusive locks.

> Another possibility is to keep dropping the spinlock, but check to see
> if someone set a new lock on the same filp in the loop after that.

What would that buy?

I agree that replacing the "re-get the spin-lock" with a "goto repeat"
to the top (which will re-get the spinlock and then look for new
existing locks) would also fix the problem with multiple locks, but
it's just more code to do complex stuff that doesn't actually fix
anything. Just removing the known buggy code is actually the simpler
and safer fix.


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