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SubjectRe: [PATCH] aio: ensure access to ctx->ring_pages is correctly serialised
On 03/24/2014 03:07 PM, Benjamin LaHaise wrote:
> On Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 02:22:06PM -0400, Sasha Levin wrote:
>> On 03/21/2014 02:35 PM, Benjamin LaHaise wrote:
>>> Hi all,
>>> Based on the issues reported by Tang and Gu, I've come up with the an
>>> alternative fix that avoids adding additional locking in the event read
>>> code path. The fix is to take the ring_lock mutex during page migration,
>>> which is already used to syncronize event readers and thus does not add
>>> any new locking requirements in aio_read_events_ring(). I've dropped
>>> the patches from Tang and Gu as a result. This patch is now in my
>>> git:// tree and will be sent to Linus
>>> once a few other people chime in with their reviews of this change.
>>> Please review Tang, Gu. Thanks!
>> Hi Benjamin,
>> This patch seems to trigger:
>> [ 433.476216] ======================================================
>> [ 433.478468] [ INFO: possible circular locking dependency detected ]
> ...
> Yeah, that's a problem -- thanks for the report. The ring_lock mutex can't
> be nested inside of mmap_sem, as aio_read_events_ring() can take a page
> fault while holding ring_mutex. That makes the following change required.
> I'll fold this change into the patch that caused this issue.

Yup, that does the trick.

Could you please add something to document why this is a trylock instead of a lock? If
I were reading the code there's no way I'd understand what's the reason behind it
without knowing of this bug report.


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