Re: lockdep splat: nfsroot on 2.6.39-rc2

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Mon Apr 11 2011 - 00:02:49 EST

On Sat, Apr 09, 2011 at 10:55:02PM -0400, Will Simoneau wrote:
> Hi,
> I just got this soft-lockup 3 times in a row and was able to reproduce
> it with lockdep enabled. The kernel is Linus git 94c8a984 plus patches
> to support my hardware. System is a full custom 2-way SMP mipsel/R4K
> clone on an FPGA, I am hoping this is not my fault or the hardware's
> fault though. Root is on NFS (tcp).
> This seems to happen consistently when running "apt-get update". Ideas?
> Known bug?

The bug is in nfs_commit_inode(), where it calls nfs_scan_commit()
with the inode->i_lock held and that calls __mark_inode_dirty()
which takes the inode->i_lock....

The patch below should fix this problem.


Dave Chinner

nfs: don't call __mark_inode_dirty while holding i_lock

From: Dave Chinner <dchinner@xxxxxxxxxx>

nfs_scan_commit() is called with the inode->i_lock held, but it then calls
__mark_inode_dirty() while still holding the lock. This causes a deadlock.

Move the __mark_inode_dirty() call outside nfs_scan_commit() and the
inode->i_lock to avoid the deadlock.

Signed-off-by: Dave Chinner <dchinner@xxxxxxxxxx>
fs/nfs/write.c | 6 ++++--
1 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/fs/nfs/write.c b/fs/nfs/write.c
index af0c627..e4cbc11 100644
--- a/fs/nfs/write.c
+++ b/fs/nfs/write.c
@@ -542,11 +542,15 @@ nfs_scan_commit(struct inode *inode, struct list_head *dst, pgoff_t idx_start, u
if (!nfs_need_commit(nfsi))
return 0;

+ spin_lock(&inode->i_lock);
ret = nfs_scan_list(nfsi, dst, idx_start, npages, NFS_PAGE_TAG_COMMIT);
if (ret > 0)
nfsi->ncommit -= ret;
+ spin_unlock(&inode->i_lock);
if (nfs_need_commit(NFS_I(inode)))
__mark_inode_dirty(inode, I_DIRTY_DATASYNC);
return ret;
@@ -1483,9 +1487,7 @@ int nfs_commit_inode(struct inode *inode, int how)
res = nfs_commit_set_lock(NFS_I(inode), may_wait);
if (res <= 0)
goto out_mark_dirty;
- spin_lock(&inode->i_lock);
res = nfs_scan_commit(inode, &head, 0, 0);
- spin_unlock(&inode->i_lock);
if (res) {
int error;

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