Re: [RFC PATCH] kernfs: create raw version kernfs_path_len and kernfs_path

From: Shi, Yang
Date: Fri Feb 26 2016 - 14:37:41 EST

On 2/26/2016 10:56 AM, Steven Rostedt wrote:
On Fri, 26 Feb 2016 10:15:05 -0800
Yang Shi <yang.shi@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

commit 5634cc2aa9aebc77bc862992e7805469dcf83dac ("writeback: update writeback
tracepoints to report cgroup") made writeback tracepoints report cgroup
writeback, but it may trigger the below bug on -rt kernel since kernfs_path
and kernfs_path_len are called by tracepoints, which acquire sleeping lock.

BUG: sleeping function called from invalid context at kernel/locking/rtmutex.c:930
in_atomic(): 1, irqs_disabled(): 0, pid: 625, name: kworker/u16:3
INFO: lockdep is turned off.
Preemption disabled at:[<ffffffc000374a5c>] wb_writeback+0xec/0x830

CPU: 7 PID: 625 Comm: kworker/u16:3 Not tainted 4.4.1-rt5 #20
Hardware name: Freescale Layerscape 2085a RDB Board (DT)
Workqueue: writeback wb_workfn (flush-7:0)
Call trace:
[<ffffffc00008d708>] dump_backtrace+0x0/0x200
[<ffffffc00008d92c>] show_stack+0x24/0x30
[<ffffffc0007b0f40>] dump_stack+0x88/0xa8
[<ffffffc000127d74>] ___might_sleep+0x2ec/0x300
[<ffffffc000d5d550>] rt_spin_lock+0x38/0xb8
[<ffffffc0003e0548>] kernfs_path_len+0x30/0x90
[<ffffffc00036b360>] trace_event_raw_event_writeback_work_class+0xe8/0x2e8
[<ffffffc000374f90>] wb_writeback+0x620/0x830
[<ffffffc000376224>] wb_workfn+0x61c/0x950
[<ffffffc000110adc>] process_one_work+0x3ac/0xb30
[<ffffffc0001112fc>] worker_thread+0x9c/0x7a8
[<ffffffc00011a9e8>] kthread+0x190/0x1b0
[<ffffffc000086ca0>] ret_from_fork+0x10/0x30

Since kernfs_* functions are heavily used by cgroup, so it sounds not
reasonable to convert kernfs_rename_lock to raw lock.

Create raw version kernfs_path, kernfs_path_len and cgroup_path, which don't
acquire lock and are used by tracepoints only.

And what prevents name from being freed while the tracepoint is reading

Perhaps we need this change as well:

Thanks for pointing this out. Yes, it looks we need this since the tracepoints are protected by rcu_read_lock_sched.

Will add this in V2.


-- Steve

diff --git a/fs/kernfs/dir.c b/fs/kernfs/dir.c
index 996b7742c90b..d2ef153145c0 100644
--- a/fs/kernfs/dir.c
+++ b/fs/kernfs/dir.c
@@ -1397,6 +1397,12 @@ int kernfs_rename_ns(struct kernfs_node *kn, struct kernfs_node *new_parent,
kn->hash = kernfs_name_hash(kn->name, kn->ns);

+ /*
+ * Tracepoints may be reading the old name. They are protected
+ * by rcu_read_lock_sched().
+ */
+ synchronize_sched();