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Re: [PATCH] Move vn_iowait() earlier in the reclaim path

To: Lachlan McIlroy <lachlan@xxxxxxx>, xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx, xfs-dev <xfs-dev@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Move vn_iowait() earlier in the reclaim path
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 17:44:25 +1000
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On Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 05:37:11PM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 05, 2008 at 04:43:29PM +1000, Lachlan McIlroy wrote:
> > Currently by the time we get to vn_iowait() in xfs_reclaim() we have already
> > gone through xfs_inactive()/xfs_free() and recycled the inode.  Any I/O
> xfs_free()? What's that?
> > completions still running (file size updates and unwritten extent 
> > conversions)
> > may be working on an inode that is no longer valid.
> The linux inode does not get freed until after ->clear_inode
> completes, hence it is perfectly valid to reference it anywhere
> in the ->clear_inode path.
> My bet is that you are seeing I/O completion mark an inode dirty
> that is being freed. ie.  Calling mark_inode_dirty_sync() in the I/O
> completion blindly assumes that the linux inode is still valid, 
> when it may be in the 'being freed' path. e.g. we can put it back on the
> superblock dirty list just before it gets freed for real...
> I came across this about a week ago when tracking down a QA failure
> with a combined linux/XFS inode patch. The fix is to make I/O
> completion call xfs_mark_inode_dirty_sync() so we check that this
> linux inode not in the process of being freed before we try to
> mark it dirty.

Oh, I should point out that that xfs_mark_inode_dirty sync looked
like this prior to the patch I posted:

 * If the linux inode is valid, mark it dirty.
 * Used when commiting a dirty inode into a transaction so that
 * the inode will get written back by the linux code
        xfs_inode_t     *ip)
        struct inode    *inode = VFS_I(ip);

        if (!(inode->i_state & (I_WILL_FREE|I_FREEING|I_CLEAR)))


Dave Chinner

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