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Subject[PATCH 0/6] block: reread partitions changes and fix for loop
Recently there are several reports about loop partition scanning

For loop, the root cause is one ABBA and one AA lock dependency
issue, and the two are fixed by patch 2 and patch 3 each.

Another reason is from the trylock in blkdev_reread_part(), which
may cause partition scanning failure too sometimes when another task
is holding the bd_mutex. In the discussion[1], both Tejun and Christoph
suggests to replace the trylock with mutex_lock in blkdev_reread_part(),
also Christoph suggests to export blkdev_reread_part.

Following the discussion, this patchset exports blkdev_reread_part(), and
introduces blkdev_reread_part_nolock() for fixing loop's AA lock issue.
Then ioctl_by_bdev(BLKRRPART) in loop, nbd and dasd is replaced with
blkdev_reread_part(). In the last patch, trylock in __blkdev_reread_part()
is replaced with mutex_lock, and some analysis is provided about the conversion.


Ming Lei

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