Re: [Cluster-devel] [PATCH 06/32] sched: Add task_struct->faults_disabled_mapping

From: Kent Overstreet
Date: Fri May 26 2023 - 04:39:01 EST

On Fri, May 26, 2023 at 01:10:43AM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Thu, May 25, 2023 at 07:20:46PM -0400, Kent Overstreet wrote:
> > > > I'm absolutely not in favour to add workarounds for thes kind of locking
> > > > problems to the core kernel. I already feel bad for allowing the
> > > > small workaround in iomap for btrfs, as just fixing the locking back
> > > > then would have avoid massive ratholing.
> > >
> > > Please let me know when those btrfs changes are in a presentable shape ...
> >
> > I would also be curious to know what btrfs needs and what the approach
> > is there.
> btrfs has the extent locked, where "extent locked" is a somewhat magic
> range lock that actually includes different lock bits. It does so
> because it clears the page writeback bit when the data made it to the
> media, but before the metadata required to find it is commited, and
> the extent lock prevents it from trying to do a readpage on something
> that has actually very recently been written back but not fully
> commited. Once btrfs is changed to only clear the page writeback bit
> once the write is fully commited like in other file systems this extra
> level of locking can go away, and there are no more locks in the
> readpage path that are also taken by the direct I/O code. With that
> a lot of code in btrfs working around this can go away, including the
> no fault direct I/O code.

wow, yeah, that is not how that is supposed to work...