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Subject[PATCH 4.9 30/83] Revert "dm bufio: fix deadlock with loop device"
From: Mikulas Patocka <>

commit cf3591ef832915892f2499b7e54b51d4c578b28c upstream.

Revert the commit bd293d071ffe65e645b4d8104f9d8fe15ea13862. The proper
fix has been made available with commit d0a255e795ab ("loop: set
PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO for the worker thread").

Note that the fix offered by commit bd293d071ffe doesn't really prevent
the deadlock from occuring - if we look at the stacktrace reported by
Junxiao Bi, we see that it hangs in bit_wait_io and not on the mutex -
i.e. it has already successfully taken the mutex. Changing the mutex
from mutex_lock to mutex_trylock won't help with deadlocks that happen

PID: 474 TASK: ffff8813e11f4600 CPU: 10 COMMAND: "kswapd0"
#0 [ffff8813dedfb938] __schedule at ffffffff8173f405
#1 [ffff8813dedfb990] schedule at ffffffff8173fa27
#2 [ffff8813dedfb9b0] schedule_timeout at ffffffff81742fec
#3 [ffff8813dedfba60] io_schedule_timeout at ffffffff8173f186
#4 [ffff8813dedfbaa0] bit_wait_io at ffffffff8174034f
#5 [ffff8813dedfbac0] __wait_on_bit at ffffffff8173fec8
#6 [ffff8813dedfbb10] out_of_line_wait_on_bit at ffffffff8173ff81
#7 [ffff8813dedfbb90] __make_buffer_clean at ffffffffa038736f [dm_bufio]
#8 [ffff8813dedfbbb0] __try_evict_buffer at ffffffffa0387bb8 [dm_bufio]
#9 [ffff8813dedfbbd0] dm_bufio_shrink_scan at ffffffffa0387cc3 [dm_bufio]
#10 [ffff8813dedfbc40] shrink_slab at ffffffff811a87ce
#11 [ffff8813dedfbd30] shrink_zone at ffffffff811ad778
#12 [ffff8813dedfbdc0] kswapd at ffffffff811ae92f
#13 [ffff8813dedfbec0] kthread at ffffffff810a8428
#14 [ffff8813dedfbf50] ret_from_fork at ffffffff81745242

Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <>
Fixes: bd293d071ffe ("dm bufio: fix deadlock with loop device")
Depends-on: d0a255e795ab ("loop: set PF_MEMALLOC_NOIO for the worker thread")
Signed-off-by: Mike Snitzer <>
Signed-off-by: Greg Kroah-Hartman <>

drivers/md/dm-bufio.c | 4 +++-
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

--- a/drivers/md/dm-bufio.c
+++ b/drivers/md/dm-bufio.c
@@ -1585,7 +1585,9 @@ dm_bufio_shrink_scan(struct shrinker *sh
unsigned long freed;

c = container_of(shrink, struct dm_bufio_client, shrinker);
- if (!dm_bufio_trylock(c))
+ if (sc->gfp_mask & __GFP_FS)
+ dm_bufio_lock(c);
+ else if (!dm_bufio_trylock(c))

freed = __scan(c, sc->nr_to_scan, sc->gfp_mask);

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