Re: [dm-devel] [PATCH] Fix over-zealous flush_disk when changingdevice size.

From: NeilBrown
Date: Wed Mar 16 2011 - 21:28:57 EST

On Wed, 16 Mar 2011 16:30:22 -0400 Jeff Moyer <jmoyer@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> NeilBrown <neilb@xxxxxxx> writes:
> >> Synchronous notification of errors. If we don't try to write everything
> >> back immediately after the size change, we don't see dirty pages in
> >> zapped regions until the writeout/page cache management takes it into
> >> its head to try to clean the pages.
> >>
> >
> > So if you just want synchronous errors, I think you want:
> > fsync_bdev()
> >
> > which calls sync_filesystem() if it can find a filesystem, else
> > sync_blockdev(); (sync_filesystem itself calls sync_blockdev too).
> ... which deadlocks md. ;-) writeback_inodes_sb_nr is waiting for the
> flusher thread to write back the dirty data. The flusher thread is
> stuck in md_write_start, here:
> wait_event(mddev->sb_wait,
> !test_bit(MD_CHANGE_PENDING, &mddev->flags));
> This is after reverting your change, and replacing the flush_disk call
> in check_disk_size_change with a call to fsync_bdev. I'm not familiar
> enough with md to really suggest a way forward. Neil?

That would be quite easy to avoid.
Just call
before revalidate_disk, and
You wouldn't have a 'bio' to pass in - but it is rather ugly requiring
one anyway - I should fix that.
For testing, just pass in NULL, and change
if (bio_data_dir(bi) != WRITE)
if (bi && bio_data_dir(bi) != WRITE)


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