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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/8] aio: make sure file is pinned
On Thu, Mar 07, 2019 at 12:41:59AM +0000, Al Viro wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 06, 2019 at 04:23:04PM -0800, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 6, 2019 at 4:03 PM Al Viro <> wrote:
> > >
> > > From: Al Viro <>
> > >
> > > "aio: remove the extra get_file/fput pair in io_submit_one" was
> > > too optimistic - not dereferencing file pointer after e.g.
> > > ->write_iter() returns is not enough; that reference might've been
> > > the only thing that kept alive objects that are referenced
> > > *before* the method returns. Such as inode, for example...
> >
> > I still; think that this is actually _worse_ than just having the
> > refcount on the req instead.
> >
> > As it is, we have that completely insane "ref can go away from under
> > us", because nothing keeps that around, which then causes all those
> > other crazy issues with "woken" etc garbage.
> >
> > I think we should be able to get rid of those entirely. Make the
> > poll() case just return zero if it has added the entry successfully to
> > poll queue. No need for "woken", no need for all that odd "oh, but
> > now the req might no longer exist".
> Not really. Sure, you can get rid of "might no longer exist"
> considerations, but you still need to decide which way do we want to
> handle it. There are 3 cases:
> * it's already taken up; don't put on the list for possible
> cancel, don't call aio_complete().
> * will eventually be woken up; put on the list for possible
> cancle, don't call aio_complete().
> * wanted to be on several queues, fortunately not woken up
> yet. Make sure it's gone from queue, return an error.
> * none of the above, and ->poll() has reported what we wanted
> from the very beginning. Remove from queue, call aio_complete().
> You'll need some logics to handle that. I can buy the "if we know
> the req is still alive, we can check if it's still queued instead of
> separate woken flag", but but it won't win you much ;-/

If anything, the one good reason for refcount would be the risk that
some ->read_iter() or ->write_iter() will try to dereference iocb
after having decided to return -EIOCBQUEUED and submitted all bios.
I think that doesn't happen, but making sure it doesn't would be
a good argument in favour of that refcount.

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