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Re: [RFC PATCH v3 2/2] xfs: fix xfsaild hang due to lost wake ups

To: Mark Tinguely <tinguely@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH v3 2/2] xfs: fix xfsaild hang due to lost wake ups
From: Brian Foster <bfoster@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 23 May 2012 19:41:04 -0400
Cc: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
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On 05/23/2012 02:19 PM, Mark Tinguely wrote:
> On 05/23/12 12:48, Brian Foster wrote:
>> On 05/22/2012 08:58 PM, Dave Chinner wrote:
>> snip
>>> Finally, rather than calling wake_up_process() in the
>>> xfs_ail_push*() functions, call wake_up(&ailp->xa_idle); There can
>>> only be one thread sleeping on that (the xfsaild) so there is no
>>> need to use the wake_up_all() variant...
>>> FWIW, you might be able to do this without the idle wait queue and
>>> just use wake_up_process() -
>> Hi Dave,
>> I have a working version of your suggested algorithm. It looks mostly the 
>> same with the exception of a spin_unlock fix. I also have the below version 
>> that uses a wait_queue and that I plan to test overnight tonight:
> ...
> FYI. Test 273 in a loop will still cause the sync_worker to lock when it 
> tries to allocate a dummy transaction.

Interesting, I don't think I've seen this one in my testing. To be clear, are 
you testing the xfs tree with both of the v2 patches? My testing has been 
focused on a slightly modified upstream tree because it's known to fail. I'll 
have to make a point to test the xfs tree as well. How long did this run before 

> PID: 29214  TASK: ffff8807e66404c0  CPU: 1   COMMAND: "kworker/1:15"
>  #0 [ffff88081f551b60] __schedule at ffffffff814175d0
>  #1 [ffff88081f551ca8] schedule at ffffffff81417944
>  #2 [ffff88081f551cb8] xlog_grant_head_wait at ffffffffa055a6d5 [xfs]
>  #3 [ffff88081f551d08] xlog_grant_head_check at ffffffffa055a856 [xfs]
>  #4 [ffff88081f551d48] xfs_log_reserve at ffffffffa055a95f [xfs]
>  #5 [ffff88081f551d88] xfs_trans_reserve at ffffffffa0557ee4 [xfs]
>  #6 [ffff88081f551dd8] xfs_fs_log_dummy at ffffffffa050cf88 [xfs]
>  #7 [ffff88081f551df8] xfs_sync_worker at ffffffffa0518454 [xfs]
>  #8 [ffff88081f551e18] process_one_work at ffffffff810564ad
>  #9 [ffff88081f551e68] worker_thread at ffffffff81059203
> #10 [ffff88081f551ee8] kthread at ffffffff8105dd2e
> #11 [ffff88081f551f48] kernel_thread_helper at ffffffff81421a64
> I understand why the dummy transaction was added and I think we can 
> anticipate the hang before it happens and avoid it.

I'm not familiar with what the dummy transaction is for... but I also wonder 
whether Dave's improvement to make xfsaild smarter about going into idle (as 
opposed to my original approach of trying to avoid the race on the wake side) 
would catch this. 


> --Mark T.

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