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Subject[PATCH v3] nvme: fix lockdep warning in nvme_mpath_clear_current_path
When running blktest's nvme/005 with a lockdep enabled kernel the test
case fails due to the following lockdep splat in dmesg:

WARNING: suspicious RCU usage
4.17.0-rc5 #881 Not tainted
drivers/nvme/host/nvme.h:457 suspicious rcu_dereference_check() usage!

other info that might help us debug this:

rcu_scheduler_active = 2, debug_locks = 1
3 locks held by kworker/u32:5/1102:
#0: (ptrval) ((wq_completion)"nvme-wq"){+.+.}, at: process_one_work+0x152/0x5c0
#1: (ptrval) ((work_completion)(&ctrl->scan_work)){+.+.}, at: process_one_work+0x152/0x5c0
#2: (ptrval) (&subsys->lock#2){+.+.}, at: nvme_ns_remove+0x43/0x1c0 [nvme_core]

The only caller of nvme_mpath_clear_current_path() is nvme_ns_remove()
which holds the subsys lock so it's likely a false positive, but when
using rcu_access_pointer(), we're telling rcu and lockdep that we're
only after the pointer falue.

Fixes: 32acab3181c7 ("nvme: implement multipath access to nvme subsystems")
Signed-off-by: Johannes Thumshirn <>
Suggested-by: Paul E. McKenney <>
Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <>

Changes to v2:
- Added Christoph's R-b
- Removed most of the lockdep splat from commit log

Changes to v1:
- Change rcu_dereference_protected() to rc_access_pointer() (Paul)

drivers/nvme/host/nvme.h | 3 ++-
1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/drivers/nvme/host/nvme.h b/drivers/nvme/host/nvme.h
index 17d2f7cf3fed..af2bb6bc984d 100644
--- a/drivers/nvme/host/nvme.h
+++ b/drivers/nvme/host/nvme.h
@@ -22,6 +22,7 @@
#include <linux/lightnvm.h>
#include <linux/sed-opal.h>
#include <linux/fault-inject.h>
+#include <linux/rcupdate.h>

extern unsigned int nvme_io_timeout;
#define NVME_IO_TIMEOUT (nvme_io_timeout * HZ)
@@ -454,7 +455,7 @@ static inline void nvme_mpath_clear_current_path(struct nvme_ns *ns)
struct nvme_ns_head *head = ns->head;

- if (head && ns == srcu_dereference(head->current_path, &head->srcu))
+ if (head && ns == rcu_access_pointer(head->current_path))
rcu_assign_pointer(head->current_path, NULL);
struct nvme_ns *nvme_find_path(struct nvme_ns_head *head);
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