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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] ashmem: Fix lockdep RECLAIM_FS false positive
On Wed, Feb 07, 2018 at 08:09:36AM -0800, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> Hi Peter,
> On Wed, Feb 7, 2018 at 12:07 AM, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 05, 2018 at 04:49:03PM -0800, Joel Fernandes wrote:
> >
> >> [ 2115.359650] -(1)[106:kswapd0]=================================
> >> [ 2115.359665] -(1)[106:kswapd0][ INFO: inconsistent lock state ]
> >> [ 2115.359684] -(1)[106:kswapd0]4.9.60+ #2 Tainted: G W O
> >> [ 2115.359699] -(1)[106:kswapd0]---------------------------------
> >> [ 2115.359715] -(1)[106:kswapd0]inconsistent {RECLAIM_FS-ON-W} ->
> >> {IN-RECLAIM_FS-W} usage.
> >
> > Please don't wrap log output, this is unreadable :/
> Sorry about that, here's the unwrapped output, I'll fix the commit
> message in next rev:

So if you trim that leading garbage: "[ 2115.359650] -(1)[106:kswapd0]"
you instantly have half you screen back.

> > Also, the output is from an ancient kernel and doesn't match the current
> > code.
> Right, however the driver hasn't changed and I don't see immediately
> how lockdep handles this differently upstream, so I thought of fixing
> it upstream.

Well, the annotation got a complete rewrite. Granted, it _should_ be
similar, but the output will be different.

> The bail out happens when GFP_FS is *not* set.

Argh, reading is hard.

> Lockdep reports this issue when GFP_FS is infact set, and we enter
> this path and acquire the lock. So lockdep seems to be doing the right
> thing however by design it is reporting a false-positive.

So I'm not seeing how its a false positive. fs/inode.c sets a different
lock class per filesystem type. So recursing on an i_mutex within a
filesystem does sound dodgy.

> The real issue is that the lock being acquired is of the same lock
> class and a different lock instance is acquired under GFP_FS that
> happens to be of the same class.
> So the issue seems to me to be:
> Process A kswapd
> --------- ------
> acquire i_mutex Enter RECLAIM_FS
> Enter RECLAIM_FS acquire different i_mutex

That's not a false positive, that's a 2 process way of writing i_mutex

What are the rules of acquiring two i_mutexes within a filesystem?

> Neil tried to fix this sometime back:
> but it was kind of NAK'ed.

So that got nacked because Neil tried to fix it in the vfs core. Also
not entirely sure that's the same problem.

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