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SubjectRe: [RESEND PATCH v7 7/8] kernfs: Replace per-fs rwsem with hashed rwsems.
On Mon, Mar 21, 2022 at 12:57:07PM +1100, Imran Khan wrote:

> Yes. My earlier approach is wrong.
>
> This patch set has also introduced a per-fs mutex (kernfs_rm_mutex)
> which should fix the problem of inconsistent tree view as far as
> kernfs_get_path is concerned.
> Acquiring kernfs_rm_mutex before invoking kernfs_get_path in
> kernfs_getlink will ensure that kernfs_get_path will get a consistent
> view of ->parent of nodes from root to target. This is because acquiring
> kernfs_rm_mutex will ensure that __kernfs_remove does not remove any
> kernfs_node(or parent of kernfs_node). Further it ensures that
> kernfs_rename_ns does not move any kernfs_node. So far I have not used
> per-fs mutex in kernfs_rename_ns but I can make this change in next
> version. So following change on top of current patch set should fix
> this issue of ->parent change in the middle of kernfs_get_path.

I think it's a massive overkill. Look at kernfs_get_target_path() -
nothing in it is blocking. And you already have kernfs_rename_lock,
stabilizing the tree topology. Turn it into rwlock if you wish,
with that thing being a reader and existing users - writers.
And don't bother with further scaling, until and unless you see a real
contention on it.

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