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Re: [RFC] xfs: wait for the write of the superblock on unmount

To: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RFC] xfs: wait for the write of the superblock on unmount
From: Mark Tinguely <tinguely@xxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:24:05 -0500
Cc: xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
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On 07/20/12 08:21, Mark Tinguely wrote:
On 07/18/12 20:58, Dave Chinner wrote:
On Wed, Jul 18, 2012 at 12:33:58PM -0500, tinguely@xxxxxxx wrote:
Sorry, I have been distracted away from this regression. This was
titled "xfs: synchronously write the superblock on unmount".

xfs_wait_buftarg() does not wait for the completion of the write of the
uncached superblock. This write can race with the shutdown of the log
causes a panic if the write does not win the race.

The log write of the superblock is important for possible recovery,
but a
second syncronous write of the same superblock seems redundant. Would
waiting for the iodone() of the log write before tearing down the log be

Yes. i.e. something like:

* The superblock buffer is uncached, so xfs_wait_buftarg()
* will not wait for it. Hence we need to explicitly wait
* for IO completion on the superblock to occur here.
error = xfs_buf_iowait(mp->m_sb_bp);
if (error)

This fix is also needed in xfs_quiesce_attr() for the freeze and
ro,remount cases as well.



Thanks for the feedback.

I chose the ugly lock to block on the superblock buffer because it has
XBF_ASYNC set at that point and won't go through the complete() patch. I
will look at turning the XBF_ASYNC flag off and wait on a xfs_buf_iowait().


Looks like the xfsaild_push() sets the XBF_ASYNC flag on the superblock buffer. Waiting on the xfs_buf_iowait() won't work but have to use the less elegant lock.


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