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Subject[PATCH] filesystem-dax: Disable PMD support
Ever since the conversion of DAX to the Xarray a RocksDB benchmark has
been encountering intermittent lockups. The backtraces always include
the filesystem-DAX PMD path, multi-order entries have been a source of
bugs in the past, and disabling the PMD path allows a test that fails in
minutes to run for an hour.

The regression has been bisected to "dax: Convert page fault handlers to
XArray", but little progress has been made on the root cause debug.
Unless / until root cause can be identified mark CONFIG_FS_DAX_PMD
broken to preclude intermittent lockups. Reverting the Xarray conversion
also works, but that change is too big to backport. The implementation
is committed to Xarray at this point.

Fixes: b15cd800682f ("dax: Convert page fault handlers to XArray")
Cc: Matthew Wilcox <>
Cc: Jan Kara <>
Cc: <>
Reported-by: Robert Barror <>
Reported-by: Seema Pandit <>
Signed-off-by: Dan Williams <>
fs/Kconfig | 3 +++
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/Kconfig b/fs/Kconfig
index f1046cf6ad85..85eecd0d4c5d 100644
--- a/fs/Kconfig
+++ b/fs/Kconfig
@@ -66,6 +66,9 @@ config FS_DAX_PMD
depends on FS_DAX
depends on ZONE_DEVICE
+ # intermittent lockups since commit b15cd800682f "dax: Convert
+ # page fault handlers to XArray"
+ depends on BROKEN

# Selected by DAX drivers that do not expect filesystem DAX to support
# get_user_pages() of DAX mappings. I.e. "limited" indicates no support
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