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SubjectRe: [PATCH] writeback: fix range_cyclic writeback vs writepages deadlock
On Fri, Oct 05, 2018 at 12:46:40PM -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Fri, 5 Oct 2018 15:45:26 +1000 Dave Chinner <> wrote:
> > From: Dave Chinner <>
> >
> > We've recently seen a workload on XFS filesystems with a repeatable
> > deadlock between background writeback and a multi-process
> > application doing concurrent writes and fsyncs to a small range of a
> > file.
> >
> > ...
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Dave Chinner <>
> > Reviewed-by: Jan Kara <>
> Not a serious enough problem for a -stable backport?

Don't have enough evidence to say one way or another. The reported
incident was from a RHEL 7 kernel, so the bug has been there for
years in one form or another, but it's only ever been triggered by
this one-off custom workload.

I haven't done any analysis on older kernels, nor have I looked to see
if there's any gotchas that a stable backport might encounter. And I
tend not to change stuff in a path that is critical to data integrity
without at least doing enough due diligence to suggest a stable
backport would be fine.

You can mark it for stable backports if you want, but I'm not
prepared to because I haven't done the work necessary to ensure it's
safe to do so.


Dave Chinner

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